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Fall

Mon 17th – Sat 22nd August 2015

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Caspar Jacobs

at 12:10 on 22nd Aug 2015

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Fall is a physical theatre show based on the story of Macbeth. The mad king and his entourage are transferred to a Wolf of Wall Street-like financial city money business world, where succeeding the throne means becoming the boss. And money makes you go crazy. Mesmerising, haunting and intelligent, Fall captures the essence of all this madness.

For those who don't know, like me, the plot is quite simple: 'Macbeth' hears the prophecy that he will become king, but also hears the prophecy of his fall. Indeed he does become king and more and more prophesies predicting his success come true. To attain this, he resorts to murder, but slowly he goes crazy with the fear of going down. Although Entita Theatre did a fantastic job translating this story into motion, I feel it is easier to understand the play with a bit of background knowledge.

Of course, the most amazing part of the show are the movements of the actors. Accompanied by pulsating, repetitive and frightening music, they imagine for us what it is like to go mad. These are scenes that I can hardly describe as every part of the body plays a specific role. The scene with the telephone wires strangling Macbeth was amazing, and so were the hands covering suicidal Lady Macbeth's face. But as you can understand from these descriptions, you have to see it yourself.

Another clever detail is the way the prophesizing witches were reinvented as employees gossiping around the water dispenser. In many ways, this is an example of how well Fall worked in general. The ideas of stress and pressure at work and from the opinion of all the anonymous others you see every day is perhaps more tangible than the original Macbeth, but certainly just as grabbing and dramatic.

As someone who hasn't seen much physical theatre before, I find it hard to place this performance within a bigger picture. But given that I was on the edge of my seat for most of the time and very often thought how clever or good something was, I can only strongly recommend Fall.

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Jenny Burton

at 12:20 on 22nd Aug 2015

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Physical theatre is notoriously difficult to get right, and even harder to impress with. A company requires perfect timing, clever physicality and complete collaboration in order to convince an audience and tell their story. Entita Theatre have managed all of this and more, and the result is a beautifully intelligent piece of physical theatre that grasps the attention of its audience and does not let it go.

Entita Theatre’s concept is to create modern physical theatre inspired by Shakespearian plays. In this case, using the outline of Macbeth wisely to tell the story of a city banker as his life turns to turmoil. Egged on by his colleague and girlfriend, the protagonist desperately seeks power, but to what cost?

With an opening reminiscent of Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray, a busy office scene set to the electronic music of SOHN presents our characters and offers a taste of the physicality to come. Dressed in suits, with sharp black and white contrasts, the city workers switch from principal characters to chorus seamlessly. They cleverly use phone cords to tangle around each other, and the cast are able to recreate the atmosphere of a business trading floor with very few props. We are introduced to the various key players from the powerful boss to the devious and tragic ‘Lady Macbeth’, and their characterisation is consistently enhanced by performance.

However, Entita’s biggest success is their ability to deal with brutality. Clever techniques were incorporated to demonstrate the growing violence, such as the chorus wrapping their hands around ‘Lady Macbeth’ under dim lighting which intelligently captured the essence of her demise. Also, the moment that ‘Macbeth’ resorts to beating up his friend is effective and packs an emotional punch.

I must admit that I had high expectations upon entering the theatre for Fall, as I had previously seen Method in Madness, a show by the same company based on Hamlet. Fall was able to capture the same physicality and clever emotion through movement, and although brief moments of dialogue were not quite as convincing as their original show, Fall is still an absolute must-see at the fringe.

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