REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus at the Finborough Theatre

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This is the first London production of Tony Harrison’s play in nearly 30 years. Directed by Jimmy Walters, it runs at London’s Finborough Theatre until 28 January 2017. But what have critics been saying about it? 

The Independent:  “punchily persuasive production by Jimmy Walters that manages to convert a piece associated with big public arenas into a powerful close-up assault.”

The Guardian:  “there is nothing limp about Jimmy Walters’ production, nor about a work that uses the discovery of a lost Greek satyr play to offer some sharp barbs on contemporary culture.”

The Reviews Hub: 1/2 “Perhaps a partially missed opportunity for a tad more revelry and cheekiness in Satyr’s play but watching them for 75 minutes will at last rescue them from the wilderness of lost characters.”

Evening Standard:  “affectionate if rather cramped revival.”

Everything Theatre:  “The Trackers of Oxrhynchus is an amusing, if slightly strange and disjointed, play and Finbourgh Theatre’s not quite thirtieth anniversary revival is well presented given the size of the venue.”

London Theatre1: ★ “It is a fascinating story and this is a really good production. My one concern, as mentioned above, is that the performance felt a little constrained by the performance space”

The Plays the Thing UK: “Harrison’s script has plenty of ideas, but little follow-through.”

The Times:*** ” Jimmy Walters’s production needs a firmer grip to guide us through the material’s thematic and emotional twists and turns”

UK Theatre: “An extraordinary and unusual play that should not be missed. ”

Time Out: *** “This witty, inventive poem is something pretty special. In a cramped pub theatre, its dusty old words don’t always work their magic.”

The Peg Review: *** “This is an admirable revival and worth seeing if you have never heard Tony Harrison’s rhyming verses aloud, the only downside is that the stage is not big enough to give the troupe of dancing satyrs space to really strut their stuff.”

Mature Times: “Jimmy Walters’s emphatic production feels somewhat cramped and the actors are giving too loud a performance for so intimate a space.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “For me though I felt disengaged and feeling ‘huh’
Which is disappointing when at the ace Finborough.”

Please Mind the Blog: ** “A perplexing play, with few redeeming features, that makes 75 minutes feel like hours – it seems to serve no real purpose whatsoever.”

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus continues to play at the Finborough Theatre until the 28th January.

 

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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