Refugees’ plight in rehearsed reading
Centrepoint Theatre’s Plays With A Purpose refugee crisis-themed season finishes this weekend.
The trilogy which opened with White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, and continued with the premiere of Angie Farrow’s The Politician’s Wife (see review P8), concludes this Saturday and Sunday with a rehearsed reading of Anders Lustgarten’s Lampedusa.
The Italian island of Lampedusa is 200km south of Sicily, but only 70km from the north African coast.
Directed by Jeff Kingsford-Brown, the reading stars Karlos Drinkwater, the creature in last year’s Frankenstein, and Hweiling Ow from 2013’s Two Fish and a Scoop. The play entwines two separate stories – Stephano, a Mediterranean fisherman who pulls dead bodies from the sea, and a big city debt collector from Leeds.
‘‘It’s an aural experience in many ways,’’ Jeff says. ‘‘Beautifully written, it’s a gritty play that is also poetic – there’s a lyricism about it, but it’s also about something we need to discuss as a country.’’
The rehearsed reading he hopes will work, with an eye to doing more of them.
‘‘Often we don’t have the resources to do full productions of contemporary plays.’’