The Antipodes is a story about stories. It follows a group of people, gathered around a table to count and categorise all the different kinds of stories. With their phones switched off, they commit all attention to this nebulous brainstorming session. The motivation behind this search remains elusive and the ceasless quest for stories grows increasingly surreal and ritualistic.
Baker's plays, with their muffled, imperfect dialogue and intruiging structures are not always the traditionalist's cup of tea: the long, drawn out pauses in The Flick prompted a few walk outs.
But The Antipodes is shorter and stranger and it comes to the National's Dorfman Theatre with a host of superlative reviews from the New York premiere. Time Out described it as 'Intensely vivid and hypnotizing' and the New York Times enthused about an 'endlessly fascinating' play that 'hears the roar of eternity in the babble of our existence'.
Set designer Chloe Lamford, who conjured an uncannily chintz guest house for Annie Baker's last National Theatre play, John, is in charge of set and costumes. The ensemble cast includes stage regulars Hadley Fraser and Sinéad Matthews.
Public booking for The Antipodes at the National Theatre opens at 8:30am on Friday 5 July.
|What||The Antipodes, National Theatre|
|Where||National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
21 Oct 19 – 23 Nov 19, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM