Four close friends find themselves connected to a shocking incident of racially motivated violence.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning Suzan-Lori Parks, 'White Noise' makes its European debut at the Bridge Theatre. A producer, a lecturer, a lawyer and an artist are a close group with broad minds. They tackle big issues every day, and after their friend is involved in an incident of racially motivated violence, views on race must be explored. Directed by Polly Findlay.
The pace of Polly Findlay’s production ... is an icy determination to make us acknowledge our darkest thoughts and question our belief that we are among “the good guys”. I found Parks’s argument about colonialism’s evil legacy convincing, the expression of it less so.
But even when neither the story nor the characters are believable, this is still a propulsive drama with pace, plotting and a deadly magnetism, and its greatest triumph lies in the virtuosity and vigour of its astonishing cast.
Polly Findlay’s production coats the play’s absurdist tendencies with a veneer of metropolitan gloss. Lizzie Clachan’s revolving set delivers urban chic, and the actors fire their lines at each other with panache. The problem remains that the characters are never more than two-dimensional.
Polly Findlay's taut production speeds through its almost three hours with control and concentration. There's an awful lot to pack in and some of the plot developments...stretch credulity. But the propulsion of the ideas is strong and devastating.