How To Hold Your Breath
Drama

Royal Court

How To Hold Your Breath

04 Feb 2015 - 21 Mar 2015

£12.00 - £32.00

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

2.7 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

  • Synopsis
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"Because we live in Europe. Because nothing really bad happens. The worst is a bit of an inconvenience. Perhaps not such a good mini break. But really in the grand scheme of life, not so bad." Starting with a seemingly innocent one night stand, this darkly witty and magical play from Zinnie Harris dives into our recent European history. An epic look at the true cost of principles and how we live now.

 

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Royal Court [Off West End]

“New play from Zinnie Harris is a brilliantly written and powerfully staged experiment in imaginative satire. ”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“National Treasure Maxine Peake stars in a terrifically satirical nightmare fantasy”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“This is not a literal narrative, but a Brechtian fable of social and political disintegration. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Zinnie Harris’s apocalyptic new play sends its heroine on a downward spiral as Europe goes into financial freefall. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Maxine Peake holds Zinnie Harris's surreal allegorical psychodrama together in this unsympathetic production. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Despite Peake’s magnificent, haunted performance, we don’t get under Dana’s skin. ”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Fans of the brilliant Maxine Peake will find much to savour in her performance in this nightmarish new drama. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Insistently pessimistic... It is a mark of Miss Peake's stage skills that we still hold some interest in Dana's fate. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Whether to hold your breath is the question here. And the answer is don’t, if you’ve been eagerly expecting great things. ”

Kate Bassett (The Times)

“Peake is the one bright spark in Zinnie Harris’s muddled state-of-the-world drama. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Contrived and confused... Maxine Peake plays Dana with an air of desperation, which feels increasingly that of the actress... ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

Reviews (1)    

Your rating
Maxine Peake is wonderfully watchable in this dystopian, demonic thriller. And there are some wonderful ideas and set-pieces: the asylum-seekers crossing the Med a particular highlight. But it could be shorter and slicker - there were periods where it dragged, and there was too much wailing, especially from Dana's rather irritating sister. Despite this, a fine Royal Court thought-provoker.

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Harry Briggs 17 Feb 2015

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