the notebook

‘An unravelling knot of naïve logic’: The Notebook is at The House, Plymouth

Based on the award-winning novel by Ágota Kristóf and set during WW2, The Notebook tells the story of a pair of twin brothers evacuated to their impoverished grandmother’s farm in order to shelter from the conflict.

These unnamed children are social outsiders, mavericks who survive and understand the world by a harsh private code.

As the war deepens, the brothers are slowly revealed as struggling moralists, trying to live by consistent principles in a Central Europe crumbling into cruelty and opportunism.

Directed by Tim Etchells, The Notebook is an unravelling knot of naïve logic, weaving dark and subversive humour from wartime hardships.

Forced Entertainment performers, Richard Lowdon and Robin Arthur, stand side by side to tell their story in an unsettling and uncanny double act that traps two people in a single voice and a shared perspective. Kristof’s narrational language – bold, crisp and reduced – provides the basis for a unique and compelling performance.

The Notebook is at The House, Plymouth University on Wednesday, February 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets £12, £8 concessions.


(from a press release)