The Kite Runner
Reality Rating: 3/5
Fidget Factor: 0.3
Theft Is The Only Sin
Follow the fight. The cast assemble on stage around two floating, flying white kites. Each actor equipped with a musical instrument, the audience are brought into the lands of Kabul, Afghanistan. The narration shifts between languages, as Amir starts to tell his story.
Two young boys, play and love like brothers but fight like strangers. Amir reflects on his past and the incidents which brought him from Kabul to San Francisco. Not proud of his past, we are shown the real struggles and chaos caused by society, by the Taliban and by Amir himself. Amir’s father suggests that theft is the only sin, Amir loses more than he could ever imagine to this single sin.
Respecting this production has been adapted from a book, it’s far too heavy with narration. Most of the highlights are explained by Amir rather than expressed through performance. The Kite Runner has been translated into 42 languages for publication in 38 countries, a clear statement of it’s success and effect on readers. Unfortunately this retelling doesn’t match the emotional severity of the novel.
David Ahmed’s transformation from Amir as a grown man to a young child is brilliantly developed; shrinking his head into his shoulders and raising his pitch, the audience instantly know when Amir is a boy or a man. Similarly Andrei Costin’s depiction of a young boy is cleverly mastered, running, chattering and playing with wild childlike limbs, and a face full of curiosity. Bhavin Bhatt’s characterisation of Assef is more of a comical villain than a brutal bully. Portraying a youth, his exaggerated performance is conceivable, however when he returns as an adult the depiction is ludicrous and unbelievable.
This production of The Kite Runner main focus is educational and enlightening rather than entertaining.
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Time: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Running: 8 JUN 17 ► 29 JUL 17