Coriolanus Vanishes examines how childhood relationships play a role in later life
- Gareth K Vile
- 7 April 2017
David Leddy's return to the stage after 12 years is as impressive as ever
After the success of dark ensemble comedy International Waters, Fire Exit's latest project heralds director and writer David Leddy's return to performing after 12 years. Having built a reputation for productions that scramble genres and combine high concepts, intense stories and broad humour, Coriolanus Vanishes is a solo show that maintains Leddy's ambitious sense of scale.
'The title references two things,' he says. 'Shakespeare's Coriolanus but also this amazing book by David King, The Commissar Vanishes, about leaders who were painted out of photographs after falling out with Stalin. It's about the way that petty personal relationships get projected onto national politics.' Leddy uses these influences to examine the intersection between the personal and the political.
As the protagonist tries to piece together the events that led to him experiencing three recent deaths, Leddy's script ponders the relationship between 'humanism and militarism'. Following Coriolanus' biography, he examines 'the ways in which parents can damage children who grow up to be messy adults and then project that mess onto those around them. It's a metaphorical title and it's not even necessarily taking all the themes of Coriolanus.' As always, Leddy's commitment is to a serious theatre that examines ideas in both a personal and political context.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 14–Sat 22 Apr.