Derek Nisbet's remarkable violin score underpins this fibrous, thoughtful piece by Made of Clay Theatre (they take their name seriously – the set is largely composed of mud). The clash between an agitprop storyteller and a feudal régime is used to examine the power of the imagination to alter brute reality. It's a world of ghosts and "voices" where words can be used as weapons but history is still written by the victors. Sparse, stark visuals serve as a firm foundation for the verbal battles that are the play's substance.
Written for The Independent.
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