Went to see Lucy Prebble’s Enron last night at the Lowry. A really imaginative production which takes a potentially dry subject and makes it a great night at the theatre by an inventive use of story, dialogue, sets and lighting. The lighting was particularly effective. It’s on tour now, if you get chance to see it, it’s well worth a watch.
Interestingly, I went to see Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia a few weeks earlier at the same venue and it had sold out. It was boring and pretentious. The characters being merely glove puppets to show off how clever Tom Stoppard is. Not one of his best plays.
Enron has won several awards and has had 5 star reviews… and the theatre wasn’t even half full… I just don’t get theatre audiences. Why don’t they want to engage with new work? You don’t get cinemas showing endless repeats of Citizen Kane or Casablanca – they are, by and large, full of new work.
I despair of theatre audiences…