RICHARD STEMP 
   
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Habeas Corpus
By Alan Bennett


Pitlochry Festival Theatre
29 May 15 October 2008
Directed by Ben Twist

I remember standing in the wings during a performance and thinking, 'Wow! This is breathtakingly fast!' In rehearsal I suspect we had no idea how funny it would be, but Ben Twist's determination to justify every move and every word meant that it was all perfectly motivated, and Bennett's perfect script gives surprising freedom of movement: when you have a line in the middle of a scene which you are otherwise not in, the only way to stick it in seemed to be on a bike!

The design was ideally suited to the theatrical framing of the piece, and the casting was superb on the first read-through I remember thinking 'Well, if they all look perfect for their parts, maybe I do too.' Which was slightly disturbing.



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