Preview: The Trial

 By Amy Price.

“I’m free. But I’m under arrest.”

“They don’t arrest you for nothing.”

 

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Favourite Line?

Henry Fell (K): “My God, she’s so soft, attractive, and warm.”

 

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Things to look out for?

Alex Colville (Chorus): Light defecation on stage…and orgasm sounds…

All: The gargoyles, and the train.

Hamish Clayton (Director): Basically any of the physical creations of cast. It’s all very Berkoff.

 

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How weird will this show be?

All: It’ll be the weirdest thing you’ve seen in Durham all year.

Will Clarke (Chorus): It’s a challenging piece.

Helena Kirkman (Chorus): It’s less about the audience’s understanding, but about the images created on stage.

Connie O’Conor (Chorus): If you leave confused, you’ve understood it.

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“All cases are a foregone conclusion.”

 

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Do you even claim to fully understand it?

Hamish Clayton (Director): No. But it’s more about playing around with it. I definitely have an idea, but there are so many ideas that you could grab on to, which makes an exact understanding near-impossible. But there have been too many naturalistic plays in Durham – I wanted to do something new.

 

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So has this been an enjoyable process, working your way through it all?

Henry Fell (K): It’s easily been the enjoyable in terms of the work-shops; they’ve been the best I’ve been involved with in Durham.

Courtney Cliffe (Chorus): It’s been a collaborative process; we’ve done lots of the devising together.

Hamish Clayton (Director): It’s been a case of one director, seven assistant directors.

 

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‘The court has a strange attraction doesn’t it?’

 

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What have been your influences?

Hamish Clayton (Director): Well I’ve never watched a production of The Trial, but there is a lot of detail in the script – Berkhov had a clear idea of what it should look like and we’ve been true to that.

 

 

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 ‘The man thinks the Law should be accessible to everyone.’

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See ‘The Trial’ at the Assembly Rooms, 19:30,  11th-13th March.

 

Photography: Amy Price.

 

One thought on “Preview: The Trial

  • Looks great! Very excited for this!

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