Review: The Nest, Young Vic

“Do you want for anything?
Just my husband.”

Franz Xaver Kroetz has the distinction of being the most often produced contemporary playwright in his native Germany but perhaps unsurprisingly given latent Brexit feelings, he’s little performed in the UK. Director Ian Rickson is looking to address that with Conor McPherson’s adaptation of The Nest, first seen in Belfast and now playing at the Young Vic, with music provided by the estimable PJ Harvey. 

It’s a sparsely intense two-hander starring Caoilfhionn Dunne and Laurence Kinlan as Martha and Kurt, a young Irish couple starting a family and wondering how they’ll cope with the financial strain of it. He’s a lorry driver doing as much overtime as he can and not one to look a gift horse of spoiled wine in the mouth when some off-the-books work turns up and oops, that’s about it as far as the plot goes! I did say it was sparse… Continue reading “Review: The Nest, Young Vic”