Sochi 2014, Hope Theatre, London, review

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Sochi 2014, Hope Theatre, London, review

Sochi 2014, Hope Theatre, London, review

In a programme note, Berry-Hart points out that verbatim drama is necessarily
a fluid entity – the opening night replaced a scripted scene about Peter
Tatchell’s protests at concerts given by the conductor Valery Gergiev with a
newsier one about the arrest of gay rights protesters at the opening
ceremony.

But however authentic the material, the act of presenting it as drama,
rather than reportage, implies that the audience should leave the theatre
not merely better informed, but with a deeper understanding of the human
issues involved. While the ensemble performances are moving and committed
and the script has welcome moments of black comedy, on its opening night,
Sochi 2014 was still distinctly a work in progress. That, of course, may
change as its run continues.

Until March 1. Tickets: 020 7478 0160; kingsheadtheatre.com/hope-theatre