Arcadia ☆☆☆☆

Jade Holroyd of The Courier praises the NUTS adaption of Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’, performing at the Culture Lab last week…

The NUTS production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, promised to be a play filled to the brim with sex, literature and ‘pistols at dawn’ – and it definitely did not disappoint.

With a fairly complex plot revolving around the relationship between past and present, order, disorder and the certainty of knowledge, the play could have been somewhat difficult to follow – however, this was certainly not the case. With the simple, yet enormously effective staging, the NUTS cast of Arcadia managed to portray the transition between the two time periods, set 180 years apart, effortlessly.

The casting of the production was perfected down to a T. It would be wholly unfair to mention just a single name in merit of their efforts, because every single member of the cast deserves recognition for their first-rate performance. All of the comedy came off very well, with the audience left in stitches on several occasions. The cast’s depiction of more serious concepts, including scientific and literary debates, also deserves to be credited.

I greatly applaud the cast and creative team behind this production; it was witty, charismatic, and it undoubtedly lived up to expectations.

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