JAck London's The Star Rover
Directed by David Green - Thursday 6th - Saturday 22nd August 2015 - 9:25pm - Spotlites @ The Merchants Hall
On the eve of his hanging, a death-row convict sits alone with his memories. Despite years of relentless straitjacket torture, he remains defiant, spurred by wild visions of past lives and the certainty that after it all, something new awaits.
Celebrating 100 years since the publication of Jack London's searing novel, this new stage adaptation, with live music and physical theatre, salutes the incredible resilience and spirit of' society's outcasts.
Directed by David Green
Thursday 6th - Saturday 22nd August
Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall
1 Hour long
Praise for the star rover
★★★★★ THE EDFRINGE REVIEW
"THIS IS REALLY A PERFORMANCE NOT TO BE MISSED. UTTERLY INCOMPARABLE TO ALL I HAVE SEEN BEFORE, THIS PERFORMANCE IS ONE OF EMOTIONAL INTENSITY, AND AT MOMENTS COULD CERTAINLY BE DESCRIBED AS NOTHING LESS THAN FIRST-RATE ART."
★★★★ THE EDFRINGE REVIEW
"STAR ROVER IS POWERFUL, DARK AND NECESSARY, AND I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TAKE YOURSELF AWAY FROM COMEDY FOR JUST THIS HOUR FROM WHICH YOU EMERGE FEELING SOBER AND UNDERSTANDING."
Unmissable. If I had to choose one word to describe The Star Rover, that would be it: unmissable. It's not necessarily an easy play to watch - the acting is of such a high quality that the characters' pains are palpable and heart-wrenching - but it is sublime. The moments of physical theatre are serene and beautiful, and the live-scoring is brilliantly done.
The only fault I really have with the play is the lack of audience it seems to be inspiring. Go and see this play. It reinforced my belief in the power of the human mind to overcome adversity, and was truly inspiring. Bravo to all involved.
The Star Rover is a thoroughly impressive production, featuring powerful, confident performances, inventive staging, magical lighting and effective costumes. The inclusion of live, original music further adds to the otherworldly surroundings and contrasts with the device of Standing's brutal imprisonment and torture, always present on stage as an inescapable reminder.
However, what makes this play outstanding is how complicit the audience is made to feel in Standing's physical and mental suffering, as well as his resilience. I was made to feel uncomfortable, repulsed, sympathetic, resigned, defiant. I highly recommend seeing The Star Rover and I myself look forwards to seeking out Shedload Theatre's future productions.
A powerful production of a dark and troubling play. This is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit when subjected to endless and deliberate torment. A highly impressive central performance and excellent use of lighting and sound.
'The Star Rover' is an ethereal, articulate and dark play that explores the meaning of human consciousness and existence. The entire set up of the play made me feel uneasy due to the tangible madness of the cast and convict, the convict excelled at the role of someone who seemed distanced from reality. The composition of the music added to bringing the audience in to the mindset of the convict, making one feel distanced from reality and adding to the ethereal atmosphere.
The choreography was excellent in allowing the actors to use their bodies in a way which conveyed thoughts, feelings and sensations. For example the experience of the straight jacket depicted so vividly that I felt I could almost experience it myself. The actors seem completely natural and at ease in their roles and the effect was a visually stunning, spooky and thought provoking piece.
The Star Rover is a really interesting play - powerful, brutal and beautifully choreographed. Excellent acting from all the cast and the looping live music accompaniment was a great addition. I also really enjoyed the use of the physical space and props, quite a seamless performance for so early in the run. Exactly what I hope to see at The Fringe - highly recommended.