Play Review: Can We Talk About This?

11 Apr

DV8’s new piece definitely talks. It moves as Lloyd Newson’s company does so well, but the talking is key to this spectacularly powerful and discursive piece of theatre. The play opens with a man asking the audience how many of them feel morally superior to the Taliban. Only 10% of people on the night I went put their hands up. The actor then begins to list some of the things the Taliban have done. People shift uneasily. That is what this show does, it pushes boundaries and it talks about something that I personally feel people are too scared to talk about.

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The show examines cases of extremism in Islam ranging from Theo Van Gogh’s Muhammed Cartoons to the burning of the Satanic Verses. Each of these are verbatim from interviews carried out in the past or ones the DV8 have conducted themselves.

The movement is amazing. There’s no other word for it. Your jaw will be on the floor as you watch some of these people move. Whether you’re interesteed in the topic or not, you will be mesmerised by the physicality of these performers. What makes this play so special is how it’s not just the dancing around, it’s what they’re saying too. I was so fascinated by every story and while some may not like it, it will make everyone talk and discuss.

Each performer plays a different person in each study and the interaction between the actors is stunning. Newson is honestly a master. Sure, the movements are stunning to look at but they add a lot to the show in terms of telling the story and portraying emotions. For instance, it can show people switching sides in arguments or the social status of someone (in the case of a woman sitting ontop of another. Absolutely incredible.) or their emotions. It only could’ve worked as a DV8 show because otherwise it would’ve been dull having people read out interviews to you.

Please see it. Then talk, talk, and talk some more about it. It’s incredibly fascinating, so refreshing and startlingly original.

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