Scenes from an Execution – Review

Scenes from an Execution – Rose Bruford College Spring Season

This production of Howard Barker’s play, Scenes from an Execution, is the first in Rose Bruford’s spring season at London’s Unicorn Theatre. The season showcases the talents of their third year students, on- and off-stage, and gives the students valuable experience performing in, or working on, a production in a central London theatre. The production certainly stands up in the professional sphere, offering a captivating portrayal of Barker’s play with some promising talent on show.

The play focuses on the brilliant and defiant genius of the female Venetian painter Galactia (played by Laura Kirman). Commissioned by the state to paint a 100-foot-long canvas of the Battle of Lepanto, she is determined to pain the truth and horror of war, rather than the majestic and virtuous message the state hope the work will evoke. Supported by a well-rounded cast, the stand out performance was from Kirman, whose commanding stage presence created a powerful and compelling portrayal of this powerful yet vulnerable artist.

The college’s next production of the season will be Days of Significance by Roy Williams. The play, which deals with the harsh realities of war and the impact it has on the lives of young modern men, will run at the Unicorn Theatre from 12-14 March 2012.

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