Krapp Alaska

Saw Krapp and A Kind of Alaska in the Bristol Old Vic’s Pinter-Beckett double bill. Alaska sounds a Liggotiish note of transcendent horror below the familiar beats of alienation and subjection – more terrifying even because the “sleepy sickness” (Encephalitis lethargica) which deprives its central character of her life is just a whim of nature. Krapp ends the evening on a high: reminding us that there’s a much to be said for the word “spool”, bananas and an efficient bowel movement.

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