By Amanda Ward
Theatre Reviewer for What’s On Hub
Since the New Theatre reopened last year after the refurb, audiences have been treated to some cracking shows and this week’s offering did not disappoint.
I was fortunate to be in the opening night audience to see the adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s book “The Kite Runner“. Fresh from a successful West End run, it was a mesmerising and captivating performance holding the entire audience spellbound. We were gripped from start to finish.
This is a story of love, betrayal, guilt and reparation, of desiring a parent’s love and approval. It’s a tale on so many levels; traditions, conflict and new beginnings.
Raj Ghatak playing Amir was on stage all evening and he played such an excellent role. By the interval you wanted to slap him for being so spoiled and arrogant, yet by the end you wanted to hug him.
All of the Company played multiple roles brilliantly. Raj was superbly supported by Jo Ben Ayed playing Amir’s best friend, Hassan. His portrayal of such a humble and yet brave and loyal character was enticing. You could feel the audience empathise with his plight and love him for his loyalty to Amir.
The cast were accompanied by a lone musician, Hanif Khan who sat at the front of the stage with his traditional drums (Tabla) and other instruments. He was a fantastic musician. The rhythms enhanced the atmosphere of the scenes as did the ensemble who periodically appeared with Tibetan singing bowls and schwirrbogen (think an oversize football rattle making a whooshing sound like kites dancing in the wind)
The play has a twist in Act 2 but I am not going to spoil it for those who have not read the book. When you know the twist, everything falls into place.
The Kite Runner is showing at Hull New Theatre this week, until Saturday (7th April) and I would strongly recommend this production to you. Go and see it, you won’t be disappointed at all. You will come away having been through an emotional journey with the characters and knowing you have seen a great show.
You can pick up tickets at hulltheatres.co.uk, in person at the theatre and City Hall box offices and by calling 01482 300 306. Tickets are still available from £22.50 so a real bargain for a show of this quality. Don’t miss it while it’s here.