Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: Betrayal

There's nothing better than a sturdy relationship drama. Add a a sizzling performance from the effortlessly talented Kristin Scott Thomas, and you've got a winner.

The theatre was packed full. We had awful seats despite booking weeks earlier. At least a dozen poor folk were squinting from the standing-room-only area, clearly having lucked out on getting seats.

Harold Pinter's story is set over nine years, following three main characters over a seven year affair and the two years afterwards. What makes it special is that it's written mostly in reverse.

Scott Thomas plays Emma, the central character. She's married to one of the characters, but the play's core relationship is the one she shares with her husband's best friend.

Over the course of an hour and a half you watch all three of them evolve backwards from jaded individuals to enthusiastic lovers. It must be draining to perform, but it's absolutely mesmerising to watch.

Highly recommended.

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