GT – October 2014

Controversial play is back

It’s Spring 1944. Seven Soviet soldiers have been captured by the Nazis, stripped naked and abandoned in the locked empty cellar of a monastery in southern Poland. Deprived of all ties to their world, the prisoners redefine their concepts of order and human nature; in order to survive the men resort to murder and cannibalism. Powerful, thought-provoking and darkly funny, The Curing Room comes to London after a hit Edinburgh run. Written by David Ian Lee and directed by Joao de Sousa ‘The Curing Room’ is a bold, daring thriller based on true events.

After a successful run at Edinburgh Festival where audience members fainted and vomited, The Curing Room returns to London and takes place at Pleasance Theatre, the perfect setting for such an intense and provocative play. The play is known for nudity and it surely doesn’t disappoint, seven naked men for every type of person. But this known fact quickly becomes irrelevant as we realise that this isn’t going to a production that gets you all hot and bothered.

As the seven soldiers realise they’re stuck in an empty cellar, they quickly strategise how to survive even if that does involve eating each other. They attempt what all soldiers naturally would, to pull rank. Yet when they realise that this situation surpasses rank and humanity. They learn the best way to survive. As each man slowly dies through exhaustion, murder and illness, the remaining men continue to live knowing what they have done.

A beautifully written script by David Ian Lee intertwines perfectly with a truly inspiring creative team. The seven men are particularly impressive; especially Matt Houston (Private Georgi Poleko), Thomas Holloway (Private Yura ‘Yuri’ Yegerov), Rupert Elmes (Captain Victor Nikolov) and Will Bowden (Junior-Lieutenant Leonid ‘Animal Killer’ Drossov alongside Harvey Robinson, John Hoye and Marlon Solomon. The whole team contribute to an impressively oppressive atmosphere that genuinely takes you to a horrible place. The Curing Room is undeniably well produced and a thought-provoking piece; a perfect show for twisted psychopaths who will lap this up, entrails and all.

A cautious recommendation, with a strong graphic content warning; those of a nervous disposition should probably avoid.

GT gives it 4/5

The show runs until the 9th November. Get tickets to see that here.

Read the article on the GT site here.