The Bunker Trilogy: Morgana
Claustrophobic drama of three friends trapped in a bunker
This article is from 2013.
All the elements fall into place in the first of The Bunker Trilogy. The recreation WWI bunker that provides the series’ tiny stage is used to full effect, its claustrophobic confines reflected in the story of three school chums who find themselves trapped together under its low tin ceiling.
Though planted amid falling bombs and sniper fire, Arthur, Lance and Gawain – upper-class captains straight out of a Gilbert & Sullivan musical – find their army life dominated by the songs, whispers, and spectres of women. While Arthur and Lance bicker over Gwen, naive, sensitive Gawain gets ensnared by the charms of Morgana Le Fey. James Marlowe’s Gawain is the most accomplished of the trio, with a nuanced performance that plays to the up-close-and-personal stage design.
Borrowing bits of Arthurian legend and following a standard narrative, Morgana is not a challenging play, but an enchanting sketch of the limits of childhood fantasy in the face of devastating reality, placing the audience in the blurred line between the two.
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