It began as a memoir in 1988, was adapted into a BAFTA-winning docudrama in 2003 and now feels newly astonishing in David Greig's masterful stage adaption.
Touching the Void tells the extraordinary story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, who had to confront death directly after an accident while climbing the Suila Grande mountain in Peru. After succeeding in becoming the first people to climb the mountain’s West Face, the mountaineers got caught in a storm. With a broken leg, Joe is unable to return to safety. From an unstable snow-cliff Simon tries to lower him down on a rope, but the extreme elements leave Simon unable to see and convinced that Joe is dead.
As intense mentally as it physically, it’s a feat of bravery, desperation and extremity, which translates into nail-biting theatre. Instead of attempting to recreate the ice-capped Andean peaks, the production employs a more abstract design, with vast metal constructions and evockative lighting.
|What||Touching the Void, Duke of York's Theatre|
|Where||Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
09 Nov 19 – 29 Feb 20, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|