Gatsby on stage, Wittgenstein and Poetry Parnassus: Six things to do this monthby Prospect / May 25, 2012 / Leave a comment
Published in June 2012 issue of Prospect Magazine
Gatz: a new unabridged, eight hour theatrical adaptation of The Great Gatsby is not a moment too long
Noël Coward Theatre, London, 8th June-15th July
The scene: morning in a shabby, empty 1980s office with clunky desktop PCs and brick-sized mobile phones. A man enters, sits at his desk and tries to switch on his computer. Fails. Tries again. Fails again.
Going through the papers on his desk he comes across a paperback, and for want of anything else to do, opens it and begins reading aloud. Some eight hours later he finishes with “And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The book is F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and this bravura production comprises a complete reading of its text. The narrator is joined by a dozen other colleagues. Absorbed at first in their office work, they soon become drawn into personifying and voicing Gatsby’s characters.