Knives In Hens

Knives In Hens

Knives In Hens / By David Harrower / National Theatre Scotland / tour / June 2011

Direction: Lies Pauwels

Lighting:  Lizzie Powell

Sound:    Mark Melville

PRESS

it's not only about the power of metaphor and the radical forces released by the human imagination, but it's also framed by a production that in itself is ripe with metaphor.

Pauwels lets the story look after itself while her setting, crisply realised by designer Chloe Lamford, is both a modernist stage – most of the dialogue is delivered through microphones – and an end-of-the-pier funfair. The livestock is a vaulting horse, the mill wheel is a revolving red-and-white platform

★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

the action erupts into a hell-for-leather maelstrom that looks part Olympic gymnastic display, part demented mardi gras.

★★★★ THE HERALD

Design and text collide with sparkling invention in Lies Pauwels’ sensual new production for the NTS of David Harrower’s breakthrough play of 1995. Against the dark and meaning-laden language, Chloe Lamford’s fairground sideshow design and Pauwels’ thrusting direction create a separate visual layer of narrative.

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