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4.7 out of
Not to be missed – you will not regret it !
“Travelling light is a superb story of a young man’s love affair with the newly discovered moving image – camera. This is an original idea of early cinematography set in a small shtetl in Eastern Europe which later shaped the foundation of American cinema.
Motl, a Hollywood director, looks back on his early years set at the turn of the century, as the audience is shown the beginnings of his career, as he documents local life in moving pictures.
Jacob, a respected, timber merchant whom passionately insists on financing the films, and Motl’s modern personality come together to produce a number of films in which the locals are used as actors. These comic characters come alive with typical old east European jewish gesticulations and sarcastic haimishe wit of Yiddish culture.
Visually, the set captures the mood of the Shtetl with the familiar rooftops of old, effectively set beneath the projection wall showing ‘new’ black and white moving images.
The contrast between a young man trying to break into the new, modern world and the generation of old is depicted in subtle manner; as the writer does not portray one as ‘more enlightened than the other,’ in fact, ‘salt of the earth’ Jacob, ebulliently spirited but with a volatile temperament, is imbued with simple, practical wisdom that imparts an emotional understanding of the film and its characters that modern Motl cannot see, since he is immersed in his own grand sensibilities of ambition and a competitive stubbornness that he feels towards Jacob , a man that does not take no for an answer and is used to having the last word. Both love film making but approach it differently; depicting the timeless frustration that existed between commerce and art which finally sees Motl ‘escape’ to America.
The play captures the excitement that came with discovering the moving image as it progresses from a record of village life into a more artistic, fictional production. The characters are comic, the acting superb, the set a faithful evocation of the past. This is a highly recommended play with outstanding reviews. Not to be missed – you will not regret it ! „
Enjoyable + Insightful
“A refreshing take on a long gone era, filled with comedy and heart-warming insights. Well written and acted, shedding light on shtetl life at a time of change. V much enjoyed the production.„
You Must See This
“Travelling Light at the National Theatre is a must see. The story is set in 1900s in Poland/Russia and looks at how dawn of the movie age.
Award winning actor Anthony Sher gives a spectacular performance of Yaakov and there were some very funny and laugh our loud moments.
I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone looking to see a great performance in the Royal National Theatre in South Bank. Thoroughly recommended.„