Rambert at the Theatre Royal Plymouth Review

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

The 3 Dancers, Terra Incognita & Frames

23-25 September 2015


Reviewed by Helen Wyatt

The Theatre Royal in Plymouth is a modern and well-presented theatre in the middle of Plymouth. It is open and light due to the number of windows. It does not feel like an intimidating building to walk into. The theatre also boasts a large amount of art which is on display and available for purchase.

The theatre and all areas I visited were clean and well kept.

The theatre is quiet in the lobby, which allows a level of relaxation before any show. The Lyric theatre is fairly intimate in style despite seating a fair number of people so adds to the atmosphere.

All staff we encountered were polite and helpful.

The theatre has a conveniently located multi-storey car park in close proximity. It is well lit and staffed. There always appear to be plenty of spaces for shows at the theatre.

Rambert is a modern dance company and this show was a triple billing of 3 shorter pieces:

Frames – a demonstration of the link between man and machine, and the consideration of permanency.

The 3 Dancers – bringing Picasso and cubism to dance.

Terra Incognita – inspired by journeys, difference and distance.

Health warning – this is a very honest and therefore critical review….

I must start out by saying I know nothing about dance, other than I know what I like and more importantly in this case, what I don’t. I would accept that the dancers clearly know their stuff and are very technically accomplished however the whole production felt like an exercise in prancing around pointlessly on stage.

I could not decipher any real storylines to the 3 shows and very little made me sit up and think “oh that was good!” The exceptions were in The 3 Dancers where a play on puppetry was utilised to good effect, and the show of exploration in Terra Incognita which ended with the female lead climbing on the shoulders of the male dancers like a ladder.

Overall however, and without wishing to sound ignorant, I just didn’t “get” much of any of it. Almost all the music could be best described as chaotic and clashing. It was not particularly pleasant to listen to. At times it got almost to the point where I wanted to cover my ears due to the excessive volume.

Frames employed lights attached to metal constructed shapes which they deliberately shone in the eyes of the audience for a while which wasn’t too fun.

Sadly this really wasn’t my cup of tea and I’m afraid my first thought on leaving was that I’ll never get those hours of my life back!

If however you are a fan of very modern dance and music then this is the show for you.

I did not enjoy this show. I would only recommend the show to a very specific audience which would not include me.

Rating: 2/5

Tickets cost from £13 to £27 (booking fees may apply).

Rambert, The 3 Dancers, Terra Incognita & Frames, is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth until 25 September 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01752 267222.

Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222

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