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Review: Rear View starting from The Great Hospital, Norwich

PUBLISHED: 08:50 26 May 2017

Rear View performance for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Rear View performance for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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This IOU Theatre piece definitively gives a new perspective on life: for most of the show the audience are watching from the back of an open-top bus.

Rear View performance for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Picture : ANTONY KELLYRear View performance for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Specially converted for this very unusual type of street theatre, the raked seating makes the city a stage as the vehicle circuits around Bishopgate and Magdalen Street, stopping in a few hidden spaces on the way.

Throughout the journey poet performer Cecilia Knapp narrates the story of a 65-year-old woman, reflecting back on her life, her mistakes, her heartaches, and her moments of joy. Her voice comes through headphones, her presence is fleeting: sometimes we see her on an improvised stage, sometimes a car following the bus. More often she is just an ethereal, disembodied voice: a memory of a memory.

The poetics are startling and the approach novel, though the connection between the two – and the host city – could be deeper.

James Goffin

Rear View performance for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Picture : ANTONY KELLYRear View performance for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Rear View, which starts at The Great Hospital, is being performed at various times until Sunday. For more details and to book tickets, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk
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