In Over There, Karl, left in East Germany by his mother who escaped to the West with his twin brother Franz, crosses the border himself 25 years later. This production was captured by Digital Theatre live at London’s Royal Court. The brothers were played by Harry and Luke Treadaway.
This is theatre as spectacle, but the slapstick, condiment-throwing, drag act, masturbation and, finally, cannibalism never feel gratuitous. It is the explosion of post-Wall euphoria, which all too quickly turns sour.
Luke Treadaway, whose career so far has mostly been on stage, has greater physical precision, whereas Harry who has done much screen work but here is making his stage debut, is more fluid and natural in his movements.
The result is fantastically clever and ingenious.
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