|Daniel Betts and Jemima Bennet|
The book itself remains a part of the action, with the (adult) actors reading extracts from the book by way of narration, to move the action along.
I was surprised, to start with, as it's an unusual technique for a stage play, but it worked really well, allowing Scout's memories and views to be expressed without having to resort to extra conversations between characters, which can, of course, be a little contrived in adaptations of novels.
Daniel Betts was superb as Atticus Finch, (although he appeared a little too young), and Zarkary Momohas as Tom Robinson was very impressive, managing to convey both his fear and vulnerability, and his integrity.
The trial scenes were entirely acted, not narrate, and, even knowing the outcome, was utterly gripping.
I thought it was an excellent production. The play is now touring, finishing up at the Barbican this summer, and if it comes near you, I'd recommend it - well worth seeing!
I came out of the theatre to discover it was very cold indeed - I had to scrape ice off my car to drive home.
(Photos from the production website)