Newton

THEATRE

Newton
2 stars **
Summerhall (Venue 26)

In this 80-minute lecture-style performance, the award-winning writer and actor Jack Klaff tells the story of the life and character of Sir Isaac Newton, the great founder of modern physics and cosmology, who sought to understand the inner workings of the universe. The problem is that Klaff seeks to tell this tale by taking on the roles of at least a dozen different historical and scientific characters, from the astronomer royal John Flamsteed to Sir Winston Churchill, each one with an accent more mannered and bizarre than the last; and alas, science has yet to investigate – never mind comprehend – the intergalactic black hole of compulsive over-acting into which Klaff’s performance disappears, never to return.

Joyce McMillan
Until 25
p. 305

ENDS ENDS

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