John, DV8 Physical Theatre, National Theatre - reviewed on 13th November
In DV8’s John, the audience is launched head-first into the disturbing real-life narrative of the title figure. As the stage revolves to reveal numerous scenes, we are guided through John’s abusive early years to his adulthood of drug-taking, crime and casual sex.
Through a combination of speech and movement, choreographer Lloyd Newson creates a work that blurs the lines between reality and art. There are moments of humour, but the overriding feeling is one of raw, tortured emotion, of pain that will not go away. John is as compelling as it is confrontational.