There has Possibly Been an Incident
- Gail Tolley
- 22 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Politically engaged play from Chris Thorpe
In this politically engaged, minimalist play from Chris Thorpe, several characters’ stories are expertly woven together to create a thought-provoking meditation on personal responsibility against a backdrop of civil unrest.
Thorpe is particularly deft at bringing both the personal and political together, showing individual decisions within larger contexts. The scope of the play is huge, touching on themes of protest, dictatorship, mass killings and terrorism. The ability to bring such wide ranging topics together into a coherent whole is a testament to Thorpe’s accomplished and intelligent script.
The actors only occasionally rise from their chairs in order to play additional roles, an approach which no doubt is taken to focus attention on the writing. But the momentum doesn’t always keep up and requires some effort from its audience to stay engaged. Nevertheless there’s much to recommend here, not least the sheer ambition of Thorpe’s writing and the committed performances from its three leads.
St Stephen’s, 558 3047, until 24 Aug, 4.40pm, £14 (£11).