Wilton’s Music Hall is a truly unique and beautiful historic building tucked away in an inconspicuous corner of east London; a perfect location for this one of kind performance of All That Fall by Samuel Beckett. Originally a radio play that was broadcast by the BBC in 1957, All That Fall has been transformed into a theatrical ‘feast for your ears’ by the internationally renowned director, Max Stafford Clark.
Upon entering the hall, your sight is withheld with the simple but effective use of blindfolds. As the hall is filled with aptly placed sound effects and live voices, the initial unease of being plunged into darkness is quickly replaced with excitement and curiosity.
Clark takes his audience on an aural journey with the amusing but wallowing Mrs. Rooney, played by the brilliant Brid Brennan. The story describes Mrs Rooney’s eventful walk to a country train station where she meets her blind husband on his birthday. The journey is interrupted by many interesting characters, keeping the audience wildly entertained.
With the sounds of farmyard animals and the ringing of bicycle bells, your imagination sets the scene while the cast meander their way through the audience. This simple yet engaging plot is filled with comedic wit ending in a tragic revelation when the Rooneys are reunited.
This innovative way of bringing one of Samuel Beckett’s lesser known pieces to a live audience is definitely worth a visit. All That Fall is at Wilton’s Music Hall until the 9th of April before moving on to the Arts Theatre from 13th April to 14th May.