Battersea Arts Centre, 2010
Epic theatre on a small scale – Gameshow set out to balance Brechtian theatricality with contemporary naturalism, immersing and disorienting the audience.
Matthew won the 2010 JMK Directors Award for the show, which was a co-production between Gameshow, Supporting Wall, BAC and the JMK Trust.
Here’s what some people said about the show:
South London Press (preview): ‘Take a mini‐masterpiece of modern theatre. Mix it with a hotly tipped award‐winning newdirector. Then throw out the rule book and stage it as an experimental promenade piece across numerous spaces at one of the country’s most boundary‐pushing venues. Depending on how you look at it, it could sound like a recipe for disaster or genius – though our money’s on the latter.’
Reviews Gate: ‘[Kristin Hutchinson is] exemplary… every facial flicker suggests what’s being said down the line. Brutal truth seems to interrupt as lights periodically flash and sounds noisily crackle. It’s a rich theatrical environment for this sliver of a piece.’
British Theatre Guide: ‘Matthew Evans has picked a short but demanding play to show off his talents and gets great support from Kristin Hutchinson, who takes centre stage almost throughout… the overall impact is powerful, helped by the great care that has gone into the staging.’
The Stage: ‘[An] atmospheric version of Brecht’s brief two-hander… [its] approach to the text is a considered one and he focuses in particular on the texture and detail of the production… Sound plays an important role and a series of crackling voices on the wireless are used to strong effect.’
Tom Morris (Bristol Old Vic): ‘Brilliantly detailed work.’