Must see, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging
About the Show
Charlie Dupré's celebration of the power of words and exploration of who writes and re-writes history.
17-year-old John is an apprentice typesetter who is about to get to work on a potentially historic new commission – the first version of the complete works of Shakespeare. As John begins to work on the manuscript of Macbeth, his own dark past begins to weave its way into Shakespeare's narrative. But as the ink sets, he begins questioning who the storytellers really are…
Artistic Director of the Omnibus Theatre, Marie McCarthy, directs this production.
“Tonally the piece was inconsistent, it felt, both with language and character development decisions. The script could do with some tightening too...With six cast members and decent technical elements, plus a fantastic and initially engaging plot, ‘Compositor E’ feels like a bit of a missed opportunity.”
“ ‘Compositor E’ offers an insightful reflection on the empowerment these plays can offer us all, and a satisfying call to arms, framed in Jaggard’s repeated instruction to take them in with the eyes but then act on them with the hands.”
“The story gets bogged down in workplace politics in a couple of protracted scenes, and John’s final monologue is a ramble of jargon that overcomplicates what could be powerful musing on the significance of words and language. Still, Dupré’s play raises interesting questions about how many fingerprints are really left behind on the plays we know and admire today.”
“The writing of ’Compositor E’ is, at times, sublime, and the blending of poetry and drama is to be highly commended in a production that grapples with what it means to convey meaning through literature.”