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Post by Katiedot on Fri Apr 12 2013, 13:20

George isn't actually in this - he's a character mentioned in the play. I had to read this several times to get it (I'm trying to give up caffeine and damn, it's painful!)

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Narrative: An extraordinary surreal parable of modern life

By PATRICK MARMION

PUBLISHED: 06:45 GMT, 12 April 2013

Narrative (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court)

Verdict: Disturbingly funny parable of modern life

Rating: You can always count on Anthony Neilson to pull the pin out of a theatrical grenade and roll it on stage. Neilson’s the maverick who, two years ago, whipped up a storm at the RSC with a shocking production of Marat/Sade that had punters walking out in droves.

Now he’s cooked up an extraordinary, surreal show about storytelling, upstairs at the Royal Court.
His world is peopled with lonely, metropolitan media types caught up in the endless production of fiction. One is a butch young actor (Oliver Rix) cast in a Hollywood superhero film — ‘Elastic Man’ — opposite George Clooney. But his success is marred by a stalker who keeps sending him photos of someone’s nether regions.

Other characters include a young barmaid (Imogen Doel) who grows horns after impulsively stabbing a friend, and a woman (Christine Entwisle) who believes her teenage son has killed himself as a result of taking anti-acne medication.

Neilson’s starting point is an ancient cave paintin,g featuring a hunter and a bison, that he uses to question the purpose of storytelling.

Surreal: Anthony Neilson has cooked up an extraordinary, surreal world, peopled with lonely, metropolitan media types caught up in the endless production of fiction

The big problem is that because Narrative has no conventional story line of its own, Neilson winds up sustaining interest by topping his last gag or quirky twist. Characters wander around Garance Marneur’s set of white boxes and broken mirrors. Are they trapped in a noodle bar? Or the afterlife?

The play is overstretched, at nearly two hours without an interval, but still often very funny.

The acting, too, is superb - baffled, tender, tragic, panic-stricken, blasé, batty and deranged. And there’s a brilliant speech about how the seating on a double decker bus reveals the seven ages of man.

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Re: George Clooney mention in Royal Court Play

Post by theminis on Fri Apr 12 2013, 13:49

Forget the article, giving up caffeine Katie - good luck its not easy - I have 1 caffeinated coffee a day, the rest is decaf I miss the buzz or just plain being awake.

As for the article words escape me!

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Re: George Clooney mention in Royal Court Play

Post by Lakin460 on Fri Apr 12 2013, 15:29

Why give up caffeine? In moderation, it has it's benefits.


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Re: George Clooney mention in Royal Court Play

Post by playfuldeb on Sat Apr 13 2013, 01:27

yikes - caffeine withdrawal headaches are th worst. Good luck Katie

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Re: George Clooney mention in Royal Court Play

Post by OofOof on Sat Apr 13 2013, 01:56

Katie you can do it! I did it 2 years ago--although I do still drink an occasional green tea but for some reason the caffeine in that doesn't affect me the same way as coffee was. I was getting a racing heart, migraines and just feeling way too wired. Was drinking tons of coffee. Loved my Lattes. Loved it with cream. No sugar but lots of milk. So.. weight started piling on as well. I missed it for a bit but no more. Don't even want it when I smell it. It's possible my friend! And no more migraines!

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Re: George Clooney mention in Royal Court Play

Post by Katiedot on Sat Apr 13 2013, 04:07

I give up on caffeine regularly: I start off with one cup a day and end up drinking more and more, so periodically I cut back again. Luckily caffeine has never given up on me!

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