Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Theatre Performance Review - Huddersfied Student - November 08 Edition




Storytelling at the LB Theatre:

Ok hands up who hasn’t heard of ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’. You might have a long time ago if you’re lucky. I know I didn’t know much other than his name but I now know a whole lot more since me and my friend Michelle went to the Lawrence Batley Theatre (the one next to Tokyo’s) and saw a truly imaginative performance of this tale one weekend in late October.
However this was a re-enactment so to speak of the tale re-written, in great poetic form, by our local celebrity poet Simon Armitage. So not only was this performance great story telling in its purest form but it was written in such a way that even a boy of eight could understand and relate to it. It is a story still containing a lot of archaic charm but with language and turn of phrase fit for the modern world. With many great lines that help conjure a whole collage of images before your eyes no wonder the four actors involved didn’t need a great expensive set and props fit for the narrative when such magical words performed the story in a way no physical action could.
As regards to the story it is all about simple honesty, trials of deceit, acknowledgement of human flaws and as well as knightly chivalry, honour, courage, strength and faith in your personal beliefs.
Sad to say though, I managed to watch the performance on its last night and I can’t honestly say if it will be back in the theater again. I certainly hope so. But do not feel sad if you are at all intrigued by this magnificent tale for it is out in book form, so simply go to any good bookshop and ask to be shown ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ by Simon Armitage.
So if you like good poetry, or even a good medieval legendary tale, or know who someone who does, I strongly recommend adding this to your Christmas shopping or wish list. It really is a story suitable to be enjoyed by anyone of any age. Just try reading it out aloud to your family or friends and I’m sure you’ll soon rediscover the joy that is telling a good story.

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