Thursday, 23 October 2014

Review: The Curing Room at the Pleasance Islington

The Curing Room 
Pleasance Islington
Reviewed on Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Following a successful run in Edinburgh - which saw audience members fainting and running out of the theatre to vomit - The Curing Room has transferred to the Pleasance Theatre in Islington.

Set in Spring 1944, the play centres around seven Soviet soldiers who have been captured by the Nazis. They have been abandoned in an empty locked cellar in southern Poland and stripped of their clothes.

A play about survival, The Curing Room deals with topics most playwrights would shy away from. It certainly isn't every day you see such a horrific play about murder and cannibalism; however, underneath the nudity (the entire cast are completely nude throughout) and taboo subject matter is an incredibly intense piece of theatre about how we might deal in such an incomprehensible situation.

The focus of Joao de Sousa's production is quite remarkable. I could feel the uneasiness in the theatre which grew into concentration. There is no hiding away from the fact that The Curing Room is a shocking play, and I never got used to it or found myself at ease. I have never, ever seen so much blood and guts in all my life.

The brave cast give their absolute all, performing with such passion. The Curing Room isn't for everyone, if you are repulsed by the idea do not go and see it. However, if you're intrigued and willing to be open minded, The Curing Room is well worth a visit. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

The Curing Room runs at the Pleasance Islington until Sunday 9th November 2014.
Please visit for information and tickets.

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