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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Kite Runner Review | Mayflower Theatre

The Kite Runner has been a show that I wanted to watch as soon as I saw it on the Mayflower's overview for the year's shows. I've heard so many good things about the novel by Khaled Hosseini, but haven't yet gotten around to reading it - let's be fair, my to-read list is as long as both my arms, so it's not surprising. I couldn't wait to head down to the Mayflower Theatre to finally immerse myself in the story.

Having finished an outstanding run in the West End, the adaptation of the bestselling novel is a haunting tale of friendship which stretches across cultures and continents. It tells the story of Amir, as he fights to confront things from his past on his quest for redemption. It was really interesting to see how Kabul went from being peaceful to war-torn, and the effect that this had on its people.

Photo courtesy of The Mayflower
Now, a note of forewarning - this is a bit of a slow-burner. Unlike some of the shows I've seen recently, this one takes a while to set the scene, perhaps because its an adaptation of a novel. But, once you sit through that initial scene setting, and a surprising amount of Farsi in the beginning, you're left with a beautiful, emotional story that's incredibly educational.

Photo courtesy of The Mayflower
I, for one, knew very little about Afghanistan's troubled history, and the effect it had on its people. The tenuous relationship between the Pashtun and the Hazara, the Soviet Union military entering the country, the dangerous passage out of the country and the establishment of the Taliban are all particularly hard hitting. And obviously, the story of Amir and Hassan is the key storyline of the production, and it's told in a delicate and appropriate way. I particularly found it interesting when we were faced with three different stories of how people lived after the fall of Afghanistan, depending on whether they fled to Pakistan, moved to America or chose to stay in their home country - differences I didn't know existed.

Photo courtesy of The Mayflower
I was really blown away (pun fully intended) by The Kite Runner. The imagery, the sound effects, the story telling were all beautifully produced and performed, to tell a very important story. In today's society, I think that it's really important to be aware of the story Khaled Hosseini is telling, and seeing it performed was particularly good at delivering the message.

Photo courtesy of The Mayflower
The Kite Runner is on at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton until 28th April 2018. You can book tickets online here, or call the Box Office on 02380 711811.

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* My tickets to this performance were complimentary in return for a review. All views and opinions are honest and my own.

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