Tower: Alma Tavern
Thursday 12th March 2009
is a Crackerjack review of Blavatsky's Tower.
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rating: 8 / 10.
Fretting over your family’s oddball tendencies?
Worry no more. Moira Buffini’s splendidly weird
play, Blavatsky’s Tower, parades a huge mash-up
of familial tensions and dysfunctional behaviour that
would make any real-life comparisons seem like the Waltons.
shows are becoming steadily more accomplished: this one’s
lies a miniature set-piece on how, despite our best efforts
at autonomy, we can no more control our destinies than
a dandelion clock in a toddler’s fist.
a founding member of the Monsterists – an energetic
group in pursuit of big new theatre experiences –
punctures a fragile skin of normality.
plot is simple and describes a surreal, well-functioning
alternate reality poised to implode at the slightest invocation
of outside existences. The Blavastky family live, peaceably,
if eccentrically, at the top of a 300ft tower built by
their architect father, Hector. Now old, blind, bed-ridden
and dying, he still rules the closeted roost.
someone from “outside”, in the shape of one
Doctor Dunn, pays the family a visit, light of every sort
floods in and chaos ensues.
sister Audrey, played with lascivious faux-sleepiness
by Dee Sadler, is the only household member who ever leaves
the flat and she clings to her veneer of worldliness.
But it’s siblings Ingrid, Saskia Portway, and brother
Roland, played with surefooted wit by Oliver Millingham,
who comprise a tight-knit core of absurdist logic which
helps to topple their father’s iron rule.