All Quiet On The Western Front (Incognito Theatre)
By Andy Leask | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2016
Remarque’s novel is a classic, a perfect representation of the horrors of the First World War. Incognito’s timely adaptation draws out the universal humanity of the characters, instantly forging a bond with the audience. Less a rollercoaster than a whirlwind of emotions, the scenes flit from humour to horror, camaraderie to chaos, drawing the audience in to the desperate lives of the young men sentenced to fight and die on the Western Front. The play includes the novel’s key scenes, joined with a connective tissue of excellent physical movement, and the battle scenes are an assault on the senses, noise and light threatening to overpower the audience. Enthralling, moving and fundamentally, beautifully human.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]