For a novel theatrical experience with a twist, Adler and Gibb at the Royal Court is essential viewing.
Conceived and written by the brilliant Tim Crouch, this cleverly set up work toys with the usual form of theatre. It is based on the lives of Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb, a pair who were deeply involved in the conceptual art scene of New York in the late 20th century. Known to the art world as being particularly uncompromising, things take an unexpected turn following the death of Adler in 2004 Gibb has to face up to a new set of circumstances.
Can reputations survive and legacies remain intact in the face of an intellectual raid? How far can an artist take their work without making any concessions? Both complex and engaging, Crouch's play is an insightful take on the relationship between the artist and the perception of them and their work.
- Tim Crouch