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Saturday, May 24, 2008
WHY YOU SHOULDN'T WATCH YOUTUBE!
On Thursday night, I went to an absolutely, amazingly, words-fail-me stunning experience at WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE. It was THE ARAB & THE JEW by Amit Lahav and Al Nedjari (Gecko Theatre Company). Strong physical theatre, surreal comedy, poignant tragedy - and so completely wonderful that I went to see it again on next and last night, Friday. Though the performance was just as good, and the balance of sounds and speech slightly clearer, the night did not have the impact of that first stupendous viewing because I had already seen what was coming next - though it was a triumph for the two actors and the company just the same!

So today I tracked down the geckotheatre website and came across their YouTube entry. Oh no! A concise sampler of all the different "action" and moods in the piece, but if I'd seen it before my theatre visit, would that first Thursday show have had the same impact? Or would I have seen it in Friday mode, where I knew what action was coming next? I don't know!

But YouTube, working in short sampler clips rather than dramatic theatre time, does not capture the intense power at the heart of THE ARAB & THE JEW. So glad I didn't see that entry before the show! YouTube might work for music clips, but I can see it as a real problem for some theatre performances.

All the same, if you ever get a chance, go and see the magnificent Gecko, whatever their next show is. Congratulations and all good wishes, Amit & Al and all the crew.!
 
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