Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Revving Up the Passion

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Revving Up the Passion

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Byline: Gordon Barr

MATTHEW Bourne's hugely talented dance company returns to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle next week in its first revival of the internationally-acclaimed dance thriller The Car Man.

Loosely Based on Bizet's popular opera, it has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in Bourne's New Adventures company's repertory, and was first seen in the West End in 2000, going on to win a clutch of awards.

The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage diner in 1960s America where the dreams and passions of a small Italian/American community are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger.

Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of lust, betrayal and revenge.

Lez Brotherston's epic design, Chris Davey's evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne's vivid storytelling take in a wealth of cinematic references from classic film noir to the European neo-realists, from Brando to Sophia Loren, creating a dangerous and uncompromising vision of small town America. …

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