WHAT INSPIRES US
LANARK: A LIFE IN THREE ACTS
by Anna / in Communication
When my friend, Stevie, rang up and asked: ‘Are you up for a surprise?’ I said ‘Yes’. It occurred to me that it had been a while since I’d had a surprise to look forward to and it sounded intriguing. A few days later I was sat in Glasgow’s Citizen’s Theatre watching Lanark: A life in three acts.
AN EPIC WAY TO ENGAGE YOUR AUDIENCE
From the opening scene, my mind, eyes, soul and senses were assaulted. David Greig’s stage adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s book "Lanark: A Life in Four Parts" was breathtaking. Literally. Not knowing what to expect, I spent the first couple of hours attempting to work out what on earth was going on. The play starts with Act 2. Then Act 1 and finally Act 3. By the time I got to Act 3 I had decided to succumb to the experience and simply soak it in.
What an experience. An ensemble cast of 10 captivated the audience’s attention for nearly four hours. Yes – FOUR HOURS. On reflection, this was a master class in translating someone’s vision to a wider audience. It was a fabulous display of communication, they got the tempo and the pace spot on. The dialogue said no more and no less than it needed to.
As I walked home I realised that the power of a production like this is in taking you on a journey. Lanark was a wild, emotional and intellectual journey and it’ has stayed with me. If you ever want a master class in getting your message across with power, impact and durability – this was it. Lots to take back into our workshops. Plus, a reminder that surprises are good too.
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