Beginning with a rave and barrelling through to the last blackout, Trainspotting Live is an important contribution to theatre’s ecology and balls-out fights with its reputation for being stuffy and inaccessible.
Whimsical design, innovative dramaturgical devices and an unwilling to patronise young people with obvious storytelling combine to create Beginners, a marvellous and thoughtful piece of theatre for all ages.
Part of why I love Vault Festival so much is the range of work programmed. Established performers run alongside brand new companies. Some work is polished, some are in progress, and the rest is everywhere in between. It’s very much a grab-bag, and this show is a particularly disappointing gift.
I want to like the fantasy and the colours of Pippin, to totally give in to the world of the play, but its problems are too many. Though I’m likely to be the humming the opening number for at least the next fortnight.
Maybe this Harold & Maude isn’t a show for fans of the movie – it doesn’t match up, but that’s ok. It does still do a pretty good job in delivering a desperately needed dose of life affirmation on a cold February evening.