Opened 16 Nov 2006
Written: suggested by Virginia Woolf’s novel, The Waves, devised by Katie Mitchell and the Company
Directed: Katie Mitchell
Produced: National Theatre
Cast: Anastasia Hill, Kate Duchene, Liz Kettle, Michael Gould, Kristin Hutchinson, Sean Jackson, Paul Ready, Jonah Russell
Synopsis: A multi-media production. A fragmented and dreamlike tale of friendship, loss, identity and love
What the critics had to say.....
PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Excellent company of actors." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "The production is a sterile piece of theatre about theatre: a celebration of technical ingenuity that leaves the heart untouched. " SAM MARLOWE for THE TIMES says, "An intellectual and aesthetic pleasure — albeit a demanding one...A freeflowing meditation on inner life and the nature of identity, Woolf’s work follows six friends from childhood to middle age and towards death, and takes the form of a succession of subjective internal monologues. There is no dialogue and, though certain events emerge, no plot...True, it’s not easy, and Mitchell requires " JOHN THAXTER for THE STAGE says, "Powerfully played." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "...fixated on the way the actors wrought brilliant theatrical, visual and aural enhancements of Woolf 's text." SUSANNAH CLAPP for THE OBSERVER says, "Ingenious, brilliantly acted but ultimately academic production."