What a fabulously suited cast! And what a quick, quirky and colourful adaption of this classic story! Theatre Movement Bazaar, based in Los Angeles, have for many years succeeded in transforming challenging original works into pieces of intriguing and reinvigorating theatre for contemporary and critical audiences.
Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ lends itself perfectly for that kind of transformation. The tropes he followed in his 1950s work are to some extent still relevant in 2014. Big Daddy struggles with cancer. Big Mama tries to deny it, he tries to deny it, but everybody knows it is happening. That doesn’t stop struggles for the inheritance, for the estate, for power and honour amongst the family – amongst all the family except for Brick. Brick has his own fight to deal with: Alcoholism. And it is his wife, Maggie, who struggles most with that. Is she the cause, is she the victim? Gooper, Brick’s brother, and his wife Mae produce one child after another, whereas Maggie’s dream of a child and a healthy marriage is continuously nipped in the bud.
The staging of this turbulent tale is done excellently. The sparsely equipped room fulfils all requirements and the production is even aided by Edinburgh weather: Just when the climax approaches with a big storm, the skies opened and it rained down on the theatre as if to grant its approval.
Someone unfamiliar with the storyline would possibly struggle to piece all parts of the story together and understand coherently what is happening on stage. But everybody who comes to see this play with some pre-knowledge will thoroughly enjoy this sparkling performance!