The Actor’s Wheel, 16-18 May Marjon Arts Centre – Plymouth, 31 May 7:30pm Cygnet Theatre – Exeter, 1 June 7:30pm Jacksons Lane – Highgate – London, 7 June 7:30pm Z-Arts – Manchester, 8 June Rondo Theatre – Bath, 9 June Barbican Theatre – Plymouth
‘The Trial’ tells the story of a person stuck within an alternate legal system that functions on hierarchy and impenetrable processes. This was a fascinating premise for a theatre production and it certainly held my attention. The audience seemed entranced by the story as we tried to reason with the decisions made throughout.
The stage was set with a white grid on the floor and controlled where the actors moved, particularly in scenes where they were performing as a full ensemble. This created an intriguing dynamic as each developed their own style of movement. To add to the dynamism filing cabinets on wheels were added. These cabinets transformed into many different props, from a set of stairs to a tenement building.
If you enjoy a night of deep thinking and examination then this is a play not to be missed. You leave feeling emotionally drained and can’t help thinking about the story and the characters for some time after.
In The Actor’s Wheel adaptation of The Trial the characters were played by multiple actors. This gave the chance to see different interpretations of Josephine K. Played by Georgia Mumford, Taylor Green, Chloe Ellen and Kezia Trigg, we saw the talents of these degree level actors. They gave emotive performances that revealed human weaknesses and strength.
As I have mentioned before, this company consists of acting degree students from Marjon University. The Trial has been produced by the current third year students so if you have watched these actors for three years, as I have, it is clear to see they have grown into more than performers. Their talent for production, music and dance is exciting to watch.
The Trial is essential watching for anyone wishing to study drama and those who love thought-provoking theatre.