Saw the BSX show - The Visit last week, was very impressed with the imagination and sensitivity put into this production. There were lots of great concepts utilised in drawing the audience in to this engaging tale.
The character of Claire Zachanassian was strong, immediately captivating from the first entrance and her physical performance was incredibly well maintained. Her certain melancholy drew the audience in to this character's plight, despite her cold design.
The performance of Alfred Ill was another notable. This actor showed an unerring commitment to characterisation throughout the production. It was remarkable to observe even the slight finger movements and posture that gave this performer great energy throughout.
The transformation of Alfred to his ultimate demise was an enthralling journey, and the clever trickery with digital effects (not giving anything away here) kept the audience guessing until the very end.
The overall impression of this show was the commitment of the young ensemble. Being "on stage" for almost the entire duration of the piece would take considerable concentration and I noted a supremely professional, could I say... "calmness" about all the performers - remaining in character, not pulling focus yet still energised and aware when waiting in the visible-the-the-audience "wings". A small blaze in the lighting system was also admirably and creatively handled and the audience were not lost or alienated from the production after this took place.
Digital camera effects, props, costume and attention to detail gave The Visit a good edge on many production involving such a young cast and I must say that every character had its own style & personality withheld admirably.
Well done - fantastic effort on such a interesting, challenging play.
Keep it coming BSX!
Thou fawning bat-fowling puttock!
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