Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Drama Reading at the Ke Center

Over the weekend, I had the chance to attend a reading of Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman. It was a Chinese translation (nicely done), and the readers were very good.

The stage was set up with the three characters involved in the early scenes sitting front and centre, while the narrator sat off to the side. Later, the narrator played the fourth character in the drama, with one of the other actors taking over as narrator, and the action moved to the left side of the stage then. Of course, in a drama reading, "action" is a bit of an overstatement. It is more that the readers relocated, and so the audience's attention followed.

Having said that, I was impressed with how active this reading was. The voice is much more than just a container for words and ideas. These actors really used their voices to perform, and it was impressive. Equally engage was the use of facial expressions, gestures, and body language. You could see that the text was alive for the readers, and they did a nice job bringing it to life for the audience as well.

There will be more dramatic readings coming up at The Ke Center. If you get a chance, it is very well worth attending.

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