Black Watch: porn for the theatregoing classes

Discussion in 'The Book Club' started by msr, Jul 2, 2008.

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  1. msr

    msr LE

    Black Watch is porn. The hit of the Edinburgh Festival in 2006, it is ostensibly an elegy for the famous Scottish regiment based on interviews following their deployment in Iraq. None the less it is pure porn. Not porn in the sexual sense, but in the military sense. Actual sexual porn festoons the men’s barracks as it does in real life. But this play is pornographic in the sense of providing risk-free enjoyment of the reality of war by proxy. And people love it: they love it so much it sold out before it opened for its London run at the Barbican Centre.

    And they are right to love it. It is very good, only not in the way that it analyses an issue, but in the way that it embodies a problem. The question it keeps raising is the question the men depicted resent most persistently. When they get home, people keep asking them ‘stupid ******* questions’. ‘What was it like?’ and ‘did you kill anyone?’ Yet these are the same questions everyone in the audience secretly wants answered and which the show itself seems to promise to answer - without ever actually doing so.

    http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/5418/

    msr
     
  2. Took the missus to see this to help her 'understand'.

    It's first class - and it pleases me no end to see that it's packing them in even now. Should be compulsory for all school children to see it (once they've reached an age where they can comprehend it - these days that's be about 8 or 9 then).

    Long may it continue.

    Edited to add: msr, are you actually Brian Sewell in real life? I think we should be told....
     
  3. I've just come back from seeing this tonight, and I swear that I saw Brian Sewell in the crowd!!

    Fan-fekkin-tastic. It's excellent theatre. I kind of get the porn thing but its much better than that.

    I haven't served in Iraq or Afghanistan so I can't comment on whether it is an accurate portrayal or not but I'm certain that it gets some of the basic messages across of what life is like for the typical squaddie.

    It has some excellent humour and also some very thought provoking scenes, and the play is conducted in the middle of the audience which really involves you in the story - its happening all around you not just on a big stage at the front.

    If you can find a way to, go see it.
     
  4. How do you get to see a sold-out play then?