I have always been incredibly interested in language – I practice French whenever I can, I am eager to learn the true art of performing Shakeapeare, and have a growing soft spot for poetry. No Man’s Land is a beautiful script – very eloquent and intellectual, and full of wit and metaphors. It is incredibly entertaining and makes curse words even more comical as they conflict with the rest of the language in the play. This of course made the castings of Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart excellent choices, as they are experts in portraying characters whose language is so eloquent – both training and working at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
I would love to read the play to get a better sense of the language. What baffled me to begin with – once the play had ended – was I did not understand the plot. There was no severe development. But I came to the conclusion that this was the plot of the play – the characters all have incredible intelligence and creativity, but waste their time (getting completely drunk) on Earth trapped in their own little worlds, too afraid to dive into anyone elses. They finish on a conversation about if the subject never changes then nothing ever happens. They ask to stop changing the subject, clink their glasses, and the play is finished.
“You are in no man's land. Which never moves, which never changes, which never grows older, but remains forever, icy and silent.” Spooner, No Man's Land by Harold Pinter
The set was basic but beautiful. I loved how the room was a circle – because that enhanced my conclusion because a circle never ends (nothing changes). The language used in the text was incredibly eloquent and full of metaphors, which made it very impressive.
But, of course, the highlight was to see Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart on stage. They were fantastic. They are my idols and so it was a pleasure to watch them live rather than on the big screen. Unfortunately, Patrick Stewart's voice was very tired and disappeared sometimes - but I loved his continuous effort. Having had my voice disappear on stage, or being unwell during a live performance, it is always amazing watching an Actor persevere. Plus - it is a reminder that actors are human as well, we get ill too.
Thank you Wyndham's Theatre for an amazing night!!
My first few lessons have been absolutely incredible - after my first two lessons, the pain was incredible!! It sounds stupid to say "I had no idea I would use so many muscles" because ... "physical theatre" kind of gives you that clue already!! - but the amount of tension in all of your muscles in falling, landing, holding yourself, and simply learning to walk all over again, was definitely felt when trying to clamber out of bed the following morning. But it was a good pain, it meant my body was learning and working and strengthening.