It is best to arrive for the show and be in your seat early. Although lights were due to come down at 2pm for this matinee I took my seat 20mins prior and there was already movement on the stage. Enough to get you intrigued to what was to come.
In Bourne’s production we see drifter Luca (Chris Trenfeld) get a job at Dino’s garage (Dino is played by Jonny Ollivier) who is then seduced by his wife Lana (Zizi Strallen). The other story is of Angelo (Dominic North) who forms a relationship with Lana’s sister Rita (Katy Lowenhoff).
The main focus is of Luca and Lana but what I found most gripping was the story of Angelo. He is the outcast and is harassed by the other mechanics. He is the hired helper and is not ‘one of the boys’. But he does get the attention of Rita and we see a shy-dance between the two as things hot up between Luca and Lana. There’s something about ‘hot weather’. It makes you do crazy things. Crazy enough for Luca to also get Angelo under his…bonnet!
In most cases adultery does catch up and consequences are to be had. There is no difference here. The choreography is so powerful especially with what unfolds in Act II for Angelo. I felt the emotion, especially the pain, in his dance. And with history catching up on Luca you were also feeling his nightmares.
It was a bit different to what I pictured for my first one. There was so much blood and so much seduction. Bourne’s production is ripped raw with emotion and the added music from Terry Davies, including a nod to the famous piece, gives Carman a whole different lease of life. Thank you Bourne and the cast of The Car Man for the hot performance that will take me a while to cool down from.
This review was written by Victoria Ling for Jowheretogo PR (www.jowheretogo.com). Follow Victoria on twitter @LilVik or follow her photography on Facebook (www.facebook.com/137imaging)