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NEEDLES AND OPIUM at the Barbican

September 24, 2016

EX Machina and Robert Lepage’s NEEDLES AND OPIUM at the Barbican Theatre was exceptional. After years of pantomime, musical theatre and plays I saw my first Robert LePage production in 2002 and I began to understand the real possibilities that existed within theatre. His productions are truly transformational experiences. A clever weaving of writing, design, music and performance which gives a movie like transcendence to his productions. There is always a deep human core at the heart of his work and powerful insight within the story. This story of French Film Director Jean Cocteau and American Saxophonist Miles Davis is told within a revolving cube at the centre of the stage.

At the centre of this amazing piece of work is a performance by Marc Labreche as Jean Cocteau which is so idiosyncratic and so unique. His voice stimulates an almost trance like reverence throughout the auditorium. I was simply stunned.



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