‘A visual, aural, emotional & intellectual invigoration’: MISTY – Trafalgar Studios

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Shanine SalmonLeave a Comment

Trafalgar Studios, London – 20 October 2018
Guest reviewer: Pearl Esfahani

Arinzé Kene’s visceral writing places us from the offset within the throbbing organ that is London; packed night buses in its veins, we are its cells colliding against each other with our own truths. We follow an illuminating take on gentrification through the story of the writer, and their character running parallel to each other, living different lives but ultimately affected by the same things that London living entails.

By the end, I’m not even sure how much of a yarn has been spun between the two narratives, but I don’t care. Particularly as a native working class Londoner, so much of the show resonated, from locals being priced out, to the small details such as the sound of hard shoes in the mornings.

The devised and collaborative approach to the development of Misty comes through in the cohesiveness of the entire production. Arinze’s presence is powerful and around him, set/light/video all work together, skewing and enhancing the architecture of bodies and landscape on stage.

Rachael Nanyonjo’s movement direction