Review: The Canterbury Tales, at Tower Theatre
11 July, 2019 — By Ezreen Benissan
A modern twist on an old story: The Canterbury Tales at the Tower Theatre
THIS funny, politically conscious retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales quickly puts to rest any apprehensions about what a modern interpretation might entail.
When a train to Canterbury West is delayed, a group of passengers partake in sharing a story to pass the time. Directed by Angharad Ormond, the production unites a diverse range of actors, with equally diverse stories that include politics, poverty, love, relationships, marriage, womanhood and pride.
The play commences at Tower Theatre’s bar where the cast individually enter the room.
A loud bell rings and the train guard (Alexa Walla) informs us that we may board and we are all ushered into the theatre.
Music and sound director Rosie Hayes has the performers constantly singing, dancing and finding innovative ways to build an atmosphere. Although some elements lack finesse, it is exciting to see a clever adaptation of a 15th-century play.
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