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THE VALLEY OF ASTONISHMENT at Warwick Arts

June 22, 2014

Director Peter Brook said that now we are investigating DNA to understand our destiny whereas we used to analyse the position of the stars in relation to our birth to understand destiny. This was in answer to a question at an after show Q&A for THE VALLEY OF THE ASTONISHMENT at the Warwick Arts Theatre. I believe I know what he is talking about and this gave me a deep connection to what Theatre Des Bouffes Du Nord were trying to achieve in this production.

Experiential and incomplete, this play creates a framework for our minds to consider how people with a special nature perceive and are perceived. I felt like I had been allowed into the rehearsal room for a dress rehearsal as if we were the very first audience to experience this play. Kathryn Hunter played this special individual we were considering with such a tender humble empathy that I was indeed astonished. At the end of the play the audience sat in silence for longer than I have ever experienced as a mark of the profound effect of this play.

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