The Lightning Child – review

Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013 7:09 AM | Review by: Lola Kotey | Afridiziak Star Rating:
The Lightning Child The Lightning Child

There was an air of excitement in the wonderful Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with its open rooftop allowing you to see the sky, to the big wide set and the standing audience near the stage.


From the moment we see Neil Armstrong’s wife trying to persuade him not to go to the moon (which he does), and meets our narrator the colourful and eccentric Ladyboy Herald (Jonathan Chambers), we’re taken on a rather surreal journey through Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill’s version of Euripides The Bacchae, which is the story of Dionysus, the god of fertility and wine and Pentheus, the King of Thebus.


Lightning Child intertwines this classic with a medley of modern tales such as heroin addicts Drax and Shug, who provided some of the most touching scenes in play. There was also the elitist violinist and her jealous roommate, Billie Holiday and Lester Young’s relationship and the harrowing story of the athlete Caster Semenya.


There were comedic gems in the form of Colin Ryan, as soldier in Pentheus’s army that gets converted to Dionysus hedonistic way. And from Bette Bourne and Geoff Aymer as Teiresias and Cadmus when they individually walked on stage in an explosion of fabulous golden drag.

The Lightning Child is surreal with its sprinkling of musical numbers but go see it with an open mind.


The play’s themes are based on lust, love, forgiveness and revenge. It is surreal with its sprinkling of musical numbers but go see it with an open mind.


The Lightning Child The Lightning Child
The Lightning Child The Lightning Child



Info: The Lightning Child is at Shakespeare’s Globe until October 12, 2013




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