at the Traverse Theatre, Sunday 4th August 2013
*Originally reviewed for A Younger Theatre*
Let’s get this straight: David Greig’s The Events is not ‘about’ the Norwegian massacre committed by Anders Breivik. It uses them as a source of inspiration and attempts to interrogate many of the questions surrounding it but never actively refers to its details, instead preferring to fictionalise an ‘event’ of its own so we may try to understand what happens to communities when these kind of atrocities occur. It’s a lyrical, knotty play which, through trying to comprehend, suggests that comprehension is impossible.
The director of the show, Ramin Gray, suggests in the programme note that “Every act of theatre revolves around a transaction between two communities: the performers onstage and the improvised community that constitute what we call an audience”. Continue reading “The Events” by David Greig