Ritter, Dene, Voss (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Skilful acting and inventive staging underpin this menacing yet comic tale, in which two sisters bring their brother home from a mental institution and are confronted by their fraught relationships over the dinner table. Taking Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard and philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein as its spiritual guides, Ritter, Dene, Voss is dialogue-heavy but a must for anyone keen to explore the essence of performance.

St George’s West, 0844 477 1000, until 30 Aug, 2.50pm, £10–£11 (£8–£9).

Ritter, Dene, Voss

  • 4 stars

Take two sisters. Add one brother from a mental institution. Mix in suffocating family values. Leave to simmer. Thomas Bernhard's dark comedy explores the fine line between sanity and insanity. Dinner is served. The games begin. www.raggedshoes.co.uk

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