Truth in Translation
Play for peace with a positive outlook
This article is from 2007.
Can a play really be the solution to conflicts in civil war-torn countries when all else has failed? Director Michael Lessac seems to think so as he takes his play about the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission to conflict zones, in an attempt to show them the power of forgiveness.
Developed in consultation with the translators who served on the committee, we see proceedings through their eyes. A warning is given about the importance of staying neutral, directed at the translators, but unmistakably meant for us, and as we hear one testimony from many mouths, it’s impossible not to become emotionally involved. Deliberate though this multi-voiced approach may be, it turns an already complex play into a jumble of confusion. Almost a musical and with a hint of comedy, the play’s focus on the future through the personal lives of the translators ensures you leave the auditorium with a positive outlook on the possibility of change.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 13, 20), 2pm, £15–£17.50 (£13–£15).