FIVE PROPERTIES OF CHAINMALE, Arts Radar in association with Catnip Productions and Hope Productions with Griffin Independent at the SBW Stables Theatre, 15 April-9 May 2015. Photography by Simon Cardwell: above Jeremy Waters, Briony Williams and Dominic McDonald; right: Alan Lovell, Jeremy Waters and Dominic McDonald.
The website description of Nicholas Hope’s new play is both useful and not. On the one hand, it apparently tells you what to expect –
“Five men. Five worlds. In a seedy London hotel room, a trendy gallery in Oslo, the cafés of Adelaide, the streets of coastal Sydney and the waiting room of a criminal court, modern man grapples with his crumbling reflection. Five Properties of Chainmale presents five variations on the theme of contemporary masculinity with not a bromance in sight. It is an excavation of the male mind across generations and time zones.”
And on the other hand, it doesn’t. Having experienced the 70+ minutes allegedly described above, one might be even more baffled than if you’d not read the precis. Or not, or maybe, or something. Who knows.Continue reading →