In light of this, the Reykjavík City Theatre announced today that it will be “staging” the Black Report – i.e. its actors will be reading it out loud onstage, from beginning to end, all 2000-odd pages of it.
[The Reykjavík City Theatre is one of three professional theatres* in this country and just KICKS ASS in comparison with the others. And I say that with the greatest respect for the National Theatre, which I love deeply for various reasons. But I digress.]
The reading will be uninterrupted, meaning it will be ongoing during the night, as well. The total undertaking is expected to take around 4-5 days and will be open to the public around the clock. It will also be broadcast live online.
I just LOVE this, because this is what theatre should be – in touch with the people, in touch with the community. And after all, the economic collapse is the most dramatic thing to hit Iceland in decades. It just makes perfect sense!
* By which I mean they receive the majority of their funding from the state or local authorities. There are also numerous other theatre companies staffed with professionals who are doing cool things.