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London — By Andrea Kirkby on January 6, 2010 at 7:25 am
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The Waste Land – performed

TS Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ is one of the most important English poems of the twentieth century. Everyone has heard of it. Rather fewer of us have read it.

'What the thunder said' from 'The Waste Land' illustrated by a pinhole camera abstract; imagine the difficulties of staging this...

'What the thunder said' from 'The Waste Land' illustrated by a pinhole camera abstract; imagine the difficulties of staging this...

Well, you no longer have an excuse. Fiona Shaw is reading ‘The Waste Land’ every night at Wilton’s Music Hall, Shoreditch [map].

During the performance, she becomes a cacophony of different voices and characters as we journey with her through the desolation of the human spirit. Eliot was a classicist in style, but his feeling that as human beings we have been cut adrift from our moorings, exposed on a vast and trackless plain with nowhere to go and nothing to see, is similar in many ways to what you’ll find in ‘Waiting for Godot’. It’s bleak; it can perhaps be inspiring, too.

One woman, lights, audience. That’s your lot as far as scenic detail goes. It’s stripped down, just as ‘The Waste Land’ is stripped down to the very essentials of the human condition – just as the poem strips itself down to the chanting of a single word, ’shantih, shantih, shantih’, at the end. But it’s an immensely powerful experience – if you’ve had too much panto, too much jollity, too much Christmas, this is a spiritual and theatrical detox. Unmissable.

You’ll have to hurry though. It plays only till January 10th. And most performances are sold out – though you may be able to get returns.

Photo by Cesare Massetti on flickr

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