And then on the weekend, I saw Theatre Network's Armstrong's War in the new Backstage Theatre Space. It's about a more metaphorical prison, but a prison none-the-less. I was quite moved by the show about the injured soldier (Jamie Cavanagh) and the wheelchair bound 12-year-old pathfinder (Eva Foote) who has come to read to him. Both actors were excellent and each in their own way brought me to tears. Having seen Cavanagh onstage a few times over the last year, it was great to see his flexibility in this damaged and guilty character. Foote is a bit of a miracle onstage, never do you doubt her sincerity of action, she even blushes on cue. The play itself is an interesting piece that deals with post traumatic stress, injury, and the idea of the value of human life vs. the quality of human life. There's a lot of reading from books and stories and I think that the actors handled that well - keeping it active - but I worried about all the reading creating a barrier to engagement. With lesser actors I think that could happen.
A fine weekend of theatre.