Review: Songs of Lear, Battersea Arts Centre

“Is my heart too large for you?”

It’s Shakespeare but not as you know it… It’s been over four years since I saw Polish company Song of the Goat but their haunting interpretation of Macbeth is still etched on my mind and so when they announced a return of their 2012 hit Songs of Lear I was keen to make a date during their short visit to Battersea Arts Centre. Not even a severe case of manflu could keep me away but I should probably apologise for passing on my germs to anyone who ended up with them! 

There’s no easy way to describe the work of Song of the Goat that really does them sufficient justice. I could talk about the expressionistic Kandinsky-inspired sketches that King Lear is condensed to create the 10 songs of the show but their enigmatic beauty is so much more than a simple reduction. Likewise, the words ‘Corsican polyphonic singing’ can’t convey the soul-wrenching beauty of what we hear (the merest snippet of which can be heard in the clip below). Continue reading “Review: Songs of Lear, Battersea Arts Centre”