Review: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Wyndham’s Theatre by Sebastian Calver

Heisenberg: the uncertainty principle

 Having researched briefly, and confused myself greatly on what on earth the Heisenberg principle was, I had a vague understanding that, at the very least the play would involve “momentum”. I also knew that there was some involvement from the cast and creatives from “The Curious Incident Of The Dog in The Nighttime”, however, I was unaware of how intimately different this play at Wydham’s Theatre would be!

After an initial uncertainty, if you pardon the pun, having met the character of Georgie and being overwhelmed by her insanity, I finally understood that mental instability was staring us in the face and Anne-Marie Duff portrayed this genuinely enough that I started seeing this insecurity in my own relationships. This mental state of Georgie was enhanced further by the minimalistic staging in which the size of the performance space was tailored, sometimes physically, by the shifting of walls to fit the discourse of the given circumstance creating a whole different atmosphere when Georgie and Alex played by Kenneth Cranham were in the park as to when they were in the bedroom – however I do think that at times  Anne-Marie Duff relied on these walls forgetting the imaginary given circumstance for example when shouting outside her place of work and neglecting the potential consequences.

The story was fuelled and propelled by the soft yet harsh, plummeting yet inching relationship between Alex  and Georgie. The relationship almost seemed to be unfurling real time rather than under the time pressure of 90 minutes; partially down to the slick unit/scene changes in which Alex and Georgie portrayed the passing of time and emotional developments in frequent every day movements.  Reminding us how ordinary they were and how much of their character’s live in so many unaware people.

The use of vefreundem’s effect was subtle yet very present in the every day,  relevant for example in the concept of a relationship differing overtly in age, even more so in the lack of subtext. It felt like a relationship was forming successfully as everything was being shared and “man’s” patience and acceptance was caring and understanding.

Overall, I think the play taught me how important it is look after what you have and don’t take things for granted. It has given me the impulse to go see a loved one just to tell her how much I appreciate and love her.

 

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