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Thursday 23 May 2013

Btn Fest Review: The Kite Runner Was A Heart Wrenching Yet Life Affirming Tale Played Out @ Theatre Royal Brighton

Based on the novel by Khaled Housseini The Kite Runner is a tale of a boy's childhood in Kabul, one fraught with shame and the desire for paternal recognition.



The story itself is a treasure trove of adolescent emotional responses and director Giles Croft has brought it all too vibrant life on stage at Theatre Royal Brighton.

From the opening moments to the final curtain Ben Turner, playing the lead Amir, drives the story along with powerful narration deftly interplayed with boyish playfulness. 

The boys compete in the annual Kite running festival in Kabul and Amir unknowingly competes for his father"s admiration and love.

Captivating the packed house Pashtun Amir and his servant and forbidden Hazara friend Hassan play out their boyhood in Kabul until a shameful act of cowardice devastates their relationship.

In trying to handle the fallout of the shame Amir begins to weave a web of lies that only takes him deeper in.

 

When war comes to Afghanistan Amir and his beloved father Baba flee to America to build a new life and then comes a call from Amir"s fathers" friend Rahim Khan, played by Nicholas Khan, which once more turns things upside down.

The final story unfolds and Amir finds out "There is a way to be good again". 

The climax of the story is a tear jerking, heart wrenching experience, one I was so happy to be a part of.

The rousing multi-standing ovation was richly deserved by all the players and the behind the scenes people .. this run of dates at Theatre Royal Brighton ends all too soon so get tickets if you can.

For tickets and info check-out the Theatre Royal Brighton website.


by: Neil Turner




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