In Avvakum the actors cavort and stumble about the stage assembling city towers and scaffolds from wooden axles and ladders. Their Russian Orthodox chants suck atmosphere from the hollow vaults of the church building. In Carmina Burana, framed around the love story of Tristan and Isolde, the stage is dominated by an enormous wheel of fortune upon which the lovers are spun like martyrs.
The company's folk choral harmony is continuous throughout both plays. If you go to the theatre to be surprised into thought and startled into feeling, you must go to St Paul's Church tonight.
One more performance tonight. Tickets: 081-741 8701.Reuse content