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The reviews are in for The Other Room’s production of The Dying of Today by Howard Barker     

The reviews are in for The Other Room’s production of The Dying of Today by Howard Barker


Cardiff’s first pub theatre The Other Room, located in Porter’s, has received a clutch of glowing reviews from critics and audiences for its second production, the unflinching The Dying of Today by Howard Barker, running until 11 April.

In The Dying of Today, a man walks into a barbershop with the worst news there has ever been. As a civilization falls, the conversation between barber and customer transforms both men on a scale that echoes the destruction to be found on the streets outside.

Denis Lennon from Arts Scene in Wales comments in his review:

“The Other Room production team, with director Kate Wasserberg at the helm, has risen to [the] challenge with unwavering triumph… Leander Deeny (Dneister) and Christian Patterson (The Barber) play [the] exchange with utter beauty, and the rawness required to exist in Howard Barker’s world… These magnificent performances are enabled fantastically by Wasserberg’s intelligent staging.

… now, The Other Room, I feel, has really found its true purpose… I, for one, am very excited about what is to come. If you haven’t already got your ticket for this play get it now.”

Othniel Smith from the British Theatre Guide, comments:

“Director Kate Wasserberg handles the developing relationship between these two wildly contrasting strangers skilfully, maintaining tension and energy throughout; even allowing the occasional moment of humour… Powerful, stimulating, profound and moving, this is an impressive piece of work.”

Alex Wren from Buzz remarks that The Other Room has emerged “with some of the most audacious programming imaginable” and concludes his review by saying “the direction by Kate Wasserberg probes the text with invention and wit and it is always refreshing to see a professional production by someone of Barker’s repute in Cardiff.”

The Sprout’s Tom Bevan describes The Dying of Today as “a charged, stimulating and philosophical piece of theatre that will leave you gasping for breath and scratching your head” and Steve Tucker from Wales Online comments, “the play rattles along at a superb pace and is a real theatrical treat that should not be missed at any cost.”

The Young Critics have also been very supportive of the production, with Kirsty Alexander describing the “Incredible compelling performances” in a “gripping and fast paced production”, Rebecca Hobbs commenting on Director Kate Wasserberg’s “meticulous” attention to detail, and Kaitlyn Wray summing up that The Dying of Today is “a show that shouldn’t be missed”.

The Dying of Today by Howard Barker is on at The Other Room until 11 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are available now from www.otherroomtheatre.com. To keep updated on The Other Room, you can also follow the team on Twitter @TORtheatre and Facebook www.facebook.com/otherroomtheatre
 
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