Before we set off, I looked up the details on the Royal Court website and called them out to Janie. “It won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2013,” I said…
…”hold on a minute, I thought The Rolling Stone was promoted as having that same prize, the same year. What’s going on?”
Turns out, this wonderful (relatively recent) Bruntwood Prize is run biennially and is awarded to four winners each time. So they had both won in 2013.
Yen is in some ways even more troubling than The Rolling Stone. It feels more “on our own doorstep” (not that proximity should make the issues and human suffering any more alarming) and had extraordinary intensity and sway of emotions.
The young cast’s acting was simply superb, Ned Bennett’s directing once again takes the breath away. In short, this play/production deserves all the plaudits and rave reviews it has already received and more besides. You’ll find those here in the helpful Royal Court area.
Janie found this play/production so troubling she said she didn’t sleep so well that night. Very unusual; she is pretty robust and we’ve seen a lot of troubling plays in our time. So this is not for “people of a nervous disposition”. But if you like your drama strong, raw and top notch, try somehow to get hold of a ticket for this one if you can.