Thursday, 4 September 2008

Heat & Ice, Rhyme & Reason

I am great admirer of Tony Harrison's craft, and the way in which he draws on aspects of the classical world. I watched his fiery film on 'Prometheus' some years ago, and see that Harrison has now turned his thoughts to the ice-cold footsteps of polar explorer, Fridtjof Nansen, in his new verse-play 'Fram'.

The critics, it seems, are not of one mind. There are those, according to The Telegraph, who feel that they prefer prose rather than poetry on stage. Rita Yeaman, on the other hand, in her comment on the feature in The Times feels that this is 'theatre at its best.'

1 comment:

Susan Richardson said...

This is a must-see piece of theatre for me! Thank you for drawing my attention to it. I recently read Roland Huntford's hefty biography of Nansen - a fascinating character.