Runtime: 1h 35m
Berliner Ensemble artistic director Oliver Reese had a hit at this atmospheric Notting Hill theatre with a stage version of The Tin Drum. Now he returns with his adaptation of Scott McClanahan’s semi-autobiographical cult novel inspired by the collapse of his first marriage. This is metafiction writ large beginning with the memorable line “I was the best drunk driver in the world” in which the narrator called Scott is the villain in his own story of love, pain, recrimination and divorce. It is a piece which requires a tour de force of a performance and it should get it from Jonathan Slinger, long time RSC actor (and a memorable Hamlet), most recently seen in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Rose Theatre Kingston.
Adapted from the novel The Sarah Book by American Appalachian Scott McClanahan, Sarah is directed by Berliner Ensemble Artistic Director Oliver Reese. Scott is an average American guy. He teaches literature at a trade school, is married with two children and always tries to do the right thing. But what is the ‘right’ thing in the context of the American Dream? In this powerful one-man semi-autobiographical show McClanahan takes us on the journey of a man witnessing his world crumbling whilst living it – and of perhaps coming out the other side. Age Recommendation: 16+