Sunday, 7 August 2011
Walking with The Dane Pt.2: Soul-food
The performance of the Marlowe play proved a real treat.
We had long wanted to visit the theatre. What a setting and atmosphere.
We had sought the solace of a seat – and even additional cushion voucher – rather than the cheaper – and undoubtedly vivid – option of standing throughout.
From this placing, stage left, we relished a performance by Paul Hilton (Faust) and Arthur Darvill (Mephistopheles) and a superb cast. The setting and flavour were very much in the style of the play's period (including some haunting sleight-of-hand special effects) but the themes – as we've all sold our souls on occasion – are no less relevant today.
I cannot recommend it – both play and venue – highly enough.
"When all the world dissolves,
And every creature shall be purified,
All places shall be hell that are not heaven."
Leaving the theatre under the deep night sky and walking back across the Millenium Bridge, the feeling of connection to the city, and the lives of past inhabitants, was vivid.
Thanks to Mette for the photos.