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LANARK: A LIFE IN THREE ACTS

by Anna / in Communication

AN EPIC WAY TO ENGAGE YOUR AUDIENCE

From the opening scene, my mind, eyes, soul and senses were assaulted. David Greig’s stage adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s book "Lanark: A Life in Four Parts" was breathtaking. Literally. Not knowing what to expect, I spent the first couple of hours attempting to work out what on earth was going on. The play starts with Act 2. Then Act 1 and finally Act 3. By the time I got to Act 3 I had decided to succumb to the experience and simply soak it in.

What an experience. An ensemble cast of 10 captivated the audience’s attention for nearly four hours. Yes – FOUR HOURS. On reflection, this was a master class in translating someone’s vision to a wider audience. It was a fabulous display of communication, they got the tempo and the pace spot on. The dialogue said no more and no less than it needed to.

As I walked home I realised that the power of a production like this is in taking you on a journey. Lanark was a wild, emotional and intellectual journey and it’ has stayed with me. If you ever want a master class in getting your message across with power, impact and durability – this was it. Lots to take back into our workshops. Plus, a reminder that surprises are good too.

Learning, Leadership, Communication

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