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Overview: Who Killed My Father, Younger Vic Theatre

I can now say I’ve seen Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio on stage. OK, so that they have been on telly on stage, however that’s technically on stage. Kate and Leo have been in Titanic mode, the favorite movie of the son in Who Killed My Father.

Who Killed My Father

Who Killed My Father, Younger Vic, Sep 2022

His homophobic father initially refuses to get him the video for his birthday.

Father and son are each performed by Hans Kesting on this Ivo Van Hove adaptation of Édouard Louis’ novel. The son is visiting his dying father and reflecting on his life, what formed him and in the end introduced him to an premature demise.

Kesting differentiates the 2 utilizing postures, cigarette breaks and stuffing fists up his jumper to point a protruding stomach. He flits seamlessly from one to the opposite. There are shifts in power too, the play masking childhood, teenagers, maturity and center age.

It is a punchy 90-minute play that feels a little bit like a whodunnit, with the suspects being dad and mom, tradition, class and politics.

Whereas it’s set in France, there’s a lot that resonates in regards to the struggles the poor face right here within the UK and the way probably the most minor political determination could make an enormous distinction – for good or dangerous.

It is also an attention-grabbing exploration of poisonous masculinity and the way that will get handed down and strengthened by society. It exhibits the devasting influence it has on the daddy and his prospects – toeing the road in school is seen as a female or gay trait. 

However this is not a easy story of an emotionally abusive father who cannot disguise his disgrace about his son’s lack of ‘masculine’ traits. There are household treats, the Titanic video and singalongs to Celine Dion within the automotive.

The daddy additionally experiences a very good dose of misfortunate, which makes life much more tough regardless of his greatest efforts.

Kesting’s supply is gradual and thought of, reserving bursts for youthful power. It makes for an efficient distinction in temper and tone, though the tempo does drag a little bit in a few locations. He would not at all times play to the viewers, so at occasions it feels voyeuristic. 

At one level, Kesting disappears from view if you’re sitting to the left of the stage, however it is not for very lengthy  He spends a little bit of time sitting on a mattress which is stage left, however I am unsure if that impacts the view if you’re in seats which might be to the far proper.

Who Killed My Father presents some attention-grabbing concepts in regards to the company poor individuals have over their very own lives, and the way in which society each helps and hinders. It is refined however highly effective, and I am giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Who Killed My Father, Younger Vic

Tailored from Édouard Louis’ e book by Ivo Van Hove

Directed by Ivo Van Hove

Operating time: 90 minutes with out an interval.

Reserving till 24 September; go to the Younger Vic web site for extra particulars and tickets.

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