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|Frozen Melts Hearts
- New play at the National captivates audiences
FROZEN opened last night to standing ovations from a learned crowd of theatregoers. Theatre critic Michael Billington and director Annie Castledine were amongst those to attend the London premiere of writer Bryony Lavery's haunting new play.
Those on stage included Anita Dobson, as the mother of a missing daughter, and Josie Lawrence as the lonely psychologist. The play focuses on a serial murder and considers the issues of guilt and crime. At three hours, the drama's ambitious mission to cultivate understanding for the sickness afflicting the criminal mind is no small achievement.
Along with Bryony Lavery, the innovative company Trestle have also been welcomed to the Royal National Theatre for the first time by the radical Transformation season of alternative theatre and new drama. Next up at the RNT is the equally topical Adventures of the Stoneheads, a look at asylum-seeking from mask-based Trestle company. British theatre certainly looks set for a face lift.