The Watershed

If I had wanted a sermon, I would have gone to church. If I had wanted a lecture, I would have gone to university. And if I wanted to hear children screaming, there are parks everywhere.

This sermon/lecture was filled with polemic, presented by actors apparently competing to see who could overact the most.

The withdrawal of funding from the experimental lakes area (ELA) was familiar to anyone who has been reading a newspaper over the past few years. Facts and events were flashed on the back wall of the stage, as were the names of politicians involved in the situation. But the result was simply a history lesson. Any thread that might have drawn it together got lost in the screaming.

I normally love Chris Abraham’s productions, but this was just awful. We left at the intermission. It was not up to Tarragon’s usual standards.




About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Watershed

  1. keithhpotter says:

    As well as questions about the production values, you have to ask: Why? And why now?
    If this had been performed a couple of years ago, the importance of the topic might have outweighed the production problems, but now? The feds announced new funding for the ELA – does Tarragon not realise that Harper and the Tories no longer form the government?
    You could still write about the importance of the ELA and what happened under the last government, but the approach would have to be different.

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