Stage Whispers

  • The List
  • 17 October 2006

Whispers is sure you all know the feeling, and it gets more powerful as the winter months draw on. The one comfortable place to be is your pit, and as the weather gets colder, that superhuman effort it takes to haul your watusi into the cold needs to be even more powerful. So upstairs at the Tron, in the intimate little Changing House theatre, there’s an event in a warm, dark room that you might well empathise with.

Iain Crichton Smith’s Lazybed was first produced nearly a decade ago at the Traverse, and tells the story of a man who’s taken to his bed, and is determined never to rise from it again. Those around him urge, cajole and threaten, but the central character Murdo isn’t budging. Yet there’s more to his recumbent posture than pure idleness. Murdo rails against modern life, its hypocrisies and inanities. His is a depression that has its foundations not in his head, but in large part in the world around him. A promising and still relatively new company with a penchant for comedy, Rhymes with Purple, are putting this one together, and you can see it from Tuesday the 17th until Saturday the 21st of October.

Just down the road at the Citz, you can catch Greeks, Geeks and Party Myths , a devised piece by the bouncy and enthusiastic Young Company. It’s a piece about a teenage party which gets badly out of control, whose aftermath is as messy as any you’ve witnessed. Staged in the circle studio, it’s designed to make the audience feel that they are fellow party animals. This might bring back a few uneasy memories for some of us older folks. You can see it at the Citizens’ from Thursday 19 until Saturday 21 October.

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