Throats

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Throats
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A sometime collaborator with Beckett, Heiner Müller and Phillip Glass, Gerald Thomas gave up on theatre in 2009. ‘I do not believe,’ he wrote at the time, ‘that our times reflect theatre as a whole (or vice versa).’ On the evidence of this vitriolic return, which does little more than outline his gripes, it’s tempting to suggest that theatre gave up on Gerald Thomas.

Tiresome and time-warped, bold but boorish, ‘Throats’ feels like sub-par Howard Barker. It shows a host of symbolic figures, among them a black orthodox Jew, a Shoreditch dandy and a severed head, banqueting beneath the rusted carcass of the Twin Towers. On Jan-Eric Skevik’s scab-like set (a rare positive), it’s The Last Supper painted by Banksy.

Before long, playful surrealism is suffocated by generic, scattergun rage. Legitimate targets – celebrity, vanity, egotism, ideological vacuity – are splurged together to form an ineffectual litany of grievances.

When it comes to railing, however, a little specificity goes a long way. Thomas is so intent on rebuking ‘the emerging generation’, that he shouts himself hoarse, spouting nonsense like, ‘Respectability and absurdity are first cousins secretly fucking each other. While status films it. Wanking. Over the tits of culture.’ Quite.

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Director Gerald Thomas' rework of London Dungeon. Watch at you own peril but be warned.


Raging hellfire of bargain basement Beckett and Tesco Ionesco but pure theatre heaven for pseuds on skunk


Great visuals, stunning sound-scape and a terrific cast who turn blood-soaked nonsense into an art-form. If you want Rattigan, forget it. But if you like the wild side... Furious, funny and FRIED.


Sorry forgot to rate. Great acting, writing, direction, sound, lighting and stage design. Thought-provoking, innovative, bold, original, nightmarish, tragic yet darkly humourous, this is surrealist theatre at its very best.. A brilliant achievement. This play is a must for lovers of the extraordinary...


The worst thing I've ever seen on a stage. I feel sorry for the actors who tried their best working with an offensively bad script. Avoid, avoid, avoid.


Complete wank. I've seen Madonna videos more shocking. Good actors though.


Great actors. Beautiful production design. Like a better version of the last episode of LOST. I must come back to make sense of it all. Intense!


A quite extraordinary peice of theatre.This is the slap in the face the British theatre scene needs.A brave and play and I feel,essential viewing.


A crazy experience with brilliant images and fantastic actors. Like watching someone's mind exploded on the stage.


this show is really amazing!IT ACTALLY BLEW MY MIND!!!It just shows how those that can do...those that can't reveiw!! Go Seeeeeeeeee for yourself>It is legendary!!


the actors are absolutely fabulous. Its a shame the self indulgent spurious vitriol of the director wasnt harnessed, contained or preferably eradicated. The actors make the most of script which lacks focus, depth of conceptual analysis, rhythm, direction, or any self awareness.