Okay so it's called 'Being Human' has a cast of three, two men, one woman, all young and charismatic, and, yes, most of the action takes place around a kitchen table, but a closer look reveals that neither of the male leads is a Vampire, nor indeed a Werewolf, and though the female lead does at one point find herself wrapped in a white sheet, and has indeed a beautiful haunting quality about her, she is certainly not a ghost, and this is not a theatrical version of that wonderful TV show, but an altogether different creature.
The title in this case comes from the final volume in a trilogy of books, each a collection of poems edited by Neil Astley, and published by BloodAxe Books. These anthologies have caused a revolution in poetry, showing that the much maligned literary form could be as accessible, entertaining and as relevant as its more popular counterparts. If there were still those who thought poetry to be, stuffy and incomprehensible, and best read allowed in the well modulated tones of a 1950's BBC newscaster, their numbers were dwindling fast in the wake of these books.
This powerful piece of theater, is the latest step in bringing these poems, and poetry in general, to a wider audience: It's cast: Benedict Hastings, Elinor Middleton and Barrett Robertson, have real chemistry, and bring the poems to life wonderfully. Everything from the direction, set design, sound design and lighting serve the work perfectly, nothing overwhelms the spoken word, only compliments and enhances.
We are taken on a journey from birth to death, and everything in between, vividly, with humour, drama, and lots of soul. Being Human is a great piece of theater with a big heart, and an even bigger mission, one that it seems to be succeeding in. I can't recommend it more highly.
Tour information can be found here: www.livepoetry.org