THE NATIONAL THEATRE SPRING 2016
ANNA-MARIA IN YAËL FARBER'S PRODUCTION OF LES BLANCS AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE.
I realise that I have been swamped in the world of work and have written nothing about the most extraordinary experiences of my artistic life. I have spent 5 months immersed in the world of Loraine Hansbury and Yaël Farber.
It was such an immersive experience it is hard to write objectively about it so here are the thoughts of others who experienced it as an audience
★★★★★ THE STAGE
★★★★ EVENING STANDARD
★★★★ TIME OUT
And the best tweet ever..!
Up In Arms (@upinarmstheatre)
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Les Blancs was written by Lorraine Hansbury at the age of 34 as she died of cancer. It has long been described as a museum piece, considered by some unfinished, as she died before the work had been produced. Set in a fictional African country it takes on the task of presenting and explaining the complex legacy of colonialism. Not surprising that it was left untouched by the big artistic establishments for so long but sadly despite being written in 1965 completely relevant to the present day.
However the National Theatre under the exciting and ground breaking momentum of new Artistic Director Rufus Norris took on such a piece of work together with the creative team lead by Yaël Farber, including additional dramaturgy by Drew Lichtenberg, Imogen Knight as movement director, the design by Soutra Gilmour, Lighting by Tim Lutkin and Sound and Composition by Adam Cork, Les Blancs was given life again on an epic platform.