Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Alan Bennett's - People
Last night we spent a fabulous evening at the Norwich Theatre Royal watching the charming new play by Alan Bennett - People.
It was, at it's heart, a wonderful exploration into the relationship between people and objects. Why [in the case of this play] should a necklace, in one person's hand be so precious that it should be on show in a museum ... in another's hand it is just a gift from a friend.
In this play the necklace is actually a treasured rosary with a royal history. At the end of the play it has a different history altogether.
What makes us hang on to the past with objects ?
Why are we so obsessed with the past ?
Why are the belongings of one person treasured and given extreme value ?
Objects tie us together because they last longer than we do.
This is a lovely play. I could watch it 100 times and still learn from it.
Posted by Search 4 Jazz at 06:55