“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”

The accounts of the Russian Revolution were taken just over a century ago, yet the political squabble is as relevant now as it was then. John Reed and Louise Bryant, American journalists, were there, present at the radicalism of a country in political turmoil. From peace to tyranny, no side could remain neutral. The accounts of the night were sung and spoken with the rhythm of the keys shaping the pace.

Begin at the beginning, they say a revolution is always distinguished by impoliteness. They marched upon the stage and let the pages from John’s novel, 10 Days That Shook The World, become a theatrical movement.

At times the show stuttered but they firmly held their ground and were able to convey the events with truth and passion, much like the comrades they based their characters on. Reinventing the time with poetry and melodies fitting of the Russian composers of the time, a symphony of the streets has been created here. The piano stole the show for most part. It was able to express the emotion of John Reed’s romanticised vision of the revolution.

Snow fell and the deadlock was no longer hopeless. The inevitable disappointment of broken promises from leaders made the people stand in history’s most explosive political events of the century. Social unrest may simmer for decades before change is fought for. This piece shows the unrest and does so with an imaginative and sincere style, the complex times light the same shadows of today.

An excellent ode to the anniversary publication of the book, this show will shake you to the core. Go see it!!!

Rikki-Lea Wainman 


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