It's time for my review of The Trial.
I was a bit nervous to see this because my Dad kept on telling me that he'd read the book and it was boring as hell. I am very glad to say he was wrong. I loved The Trial! I read a review on London Theatre Guide saying that The Trial is like marmite, you either love it or hate it. I have to say that I like marmite. The show is 2 hours without an interval and Rory Kinnear stays onstage the whole time. These 2 hours really show off his amazing talents. You're not going to believe this, but the stage was a conveyor belt! Every time they had a scene change the old set would disappear and a new set would come out. I found this a very clever way of doing set changes. The sets were all very good. Excluding Rory Kinnear, the actors played several roles each but with different costumes, makeup and voices I literally thought they were different people. The storyline for those interested is: K. lives a waking nightmare. Visited at home by state agents on his birthday, accused of an unspecified crime, K. is bewildered by spiralling layers of bureaucracy – and the more sinister motives which lurk beneath them. From my perspective, the point of the story was everyone is guilty and everyone is watching. The play is so captivating, I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. The great cast included Rory Kinnear as Josef K, Kate O'Flynn as Tiffany, Female Guard, Rosa, Chastity, Cherry and Girl, Hugh Skinner as Kyle and Block, Sian Thomas as Mrs. Grace and Doctor, Marc Antolin as Law Student and Flogger, Steven Beard as Uncle Albert and Magistrate, Richard Cant as Male Guard, Assistant and Tudor, Sarah Crowden as Mrs. Barrow and Information Officer, Charlie Folorunsho as Bank Clerk and Defendant in Tattooist, Neil Haigh as Bank Clerk and Defendant in Information Office, Suzy King as Bank Clerk, Faye and Phone Voice and Weruche Opia as Comptroller, Bank Clerk and Defendant. Something that I thought was very clever was that there were several lines that they repeated, but in different contexts. My friend who came and saw the show seemed to find the plot a bit difficult to follow. I understood mostly everything, but just so there's no confusions perhaps they could've made some scenes clearer. I feel there were some parts about the play that seemed a little pointless so perhaps they should take those bits out and just shorten the play by about 15 minutes. Overall I am very glad I saw this show and was very happy to have seen Rory Kinnear live onstage.
The featured star of The Trial is, drum roll please… RORY KINNEAR!
I couldn't believe he had managed to stay onstage for the whole of 2 hours. It looked like such hard work but this play really does showcase Rory's great talents.
Now for my final verdict on The Trial. I give The Trial…
If you are a Franz Kafka or Rory Kinnear fan I would definitely recommend seeing this show before it ends on August 22!
Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.
Join me next time when I will be reviewing Bye Bye Birdie.
Thanks for reading!
*Please note this show has now closed.