Gina McKee is brilliant as The Mother in Florian Zeller’s play at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn. Translated from the original by Christopher Hampton, the Mother follows on from the successful production of The Father, also written by Zeller. The run has been extended to March 12 although a West End transfer has yet to be announced.
Most of us fear the onset of dementia, the loss of faculties either in ourselves or in those close to us. Zeller enjoys unsettling his audience. By repeating the same scenes, which are revealed to have slight variations between them, he aims to undermine our assumption that we fully comprehend what is happening before our eyes.
There is an element of dreams, the sense of games being played, the vague feeling of unease, the sudden gear-change to atmospheres of menace, the idea that one can no longer trust the evidence of one’s eyes or the words of our supposed loved ones.
Brilliantly acted by the entire cast of four, at the end of the play I was not entirely sure what was real and what had been imagined. Unsettling, it leaves open lots of questions for debate.
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