John Steinbeck‘s classic novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath‘ has come to the Nottingham Playhouse. If you know the book well, you will know it’s not the most uplifting of stories you can read, if you are not familiar with it you can guess that this adaptation is not a jolly affair from the haunting violin sounding music (played with a saw and bow) at the curtain up.
Tom Joad (André Squire) is the bolshy son who has just been released from prison, he arrives back home just in time to join his family on their travels. Ex-Preacher Casy (Brendan Charleson) remembers the family from his days as the local man of the cloth, he also tags along with the family to make their way across the country in search of a new life.
The set was eerie, yellow and represented the dry, dusty, drought filled Oklahoma of the days. There were two large metal boxes that were used in many ways including as shadow boxes for effect. Haunting songs and music dotted throughout but not sure it fitted entirely.
I don’t think the story adapted well to stage, it was haunting and depressing which is what the book is, but the drips of modernism (a man appeared in a hoody and Umbro trainers?!) and the random sprinkles of music just left me feeling a little confused.
On until April 8th
PHOTOS BY MARC BRENNAR