The Tartuffe (York Theatre Royal, 2nd October 2009)

I have seen Belt Up before, but only in the Studio space at York Theatre Royal.  In their energetic production of  The Tartuffe, the company of young actors, use the whole of the auditorium and stage of the main house to great effect.  The audience loved this production, which explored the idea of playing and theatre, and immediately broke down the fourth wall and invited the audience to get on stage and join in the can can.  We were never sure if the character on stage was a character from the play, or an actor playing the actor of the character.   Indeed, at times it wasn’t clear who were actors and who were audience members of if actors had become members of the audience.

Belt Up are doing some exciting work.  They think carefully about the use of space and audience interaction.  That’s why I’m really looking forward to The Trail this week.  Not sure where though!

Reviews and Previews

The Trial (Belt Up) Guardian review
York Press on Trial and The Tartuffe

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