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Constellations

March 6, 2013

Nick Payne’s “Constellations” from the Royal Court at the Duke of York’s with remarkable Sally Hawkins and very likeable Rafe Spall is cleverly done. I love this subject; time and space and us. The play explores the idea that we are living in alternative universes with many paths and many possibilities. The story is about the relationship between a bee keeper and a nuclear physicist. 

I sometimes had the feel that I was in a rehearsal room with the actors making choices, yet the performances were so specific it had to be locked and finished. This paradox is exactly how this play works shifting the audience from a comfortable understanding of the narrative into an explosion of alternative choices. Clever device.

The design is SIMPLE and VERY EFFECTIVE with sound and light playing an important role in defining the alternative universes on stage. It is only a 70 minute one act play which is an indication of how interesting it is to transfer into a West End venue.

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