A play by Joe Penhall
Roger Michell, Director Company: National
Venue: Cottesloe Theatre
March 29 — July 3, 2007
Ned: Tom Hollander
Dan: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Ross: Pippa Haywood
Brooks: Jason Watkins
A Loaded Weapon
10 April 2007
By Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard
“A remarkable Tom Hollander conveys such a sense of emotional turmoil and
disintegration, as Ned lapses into unshaven lethargy, that Landscape with Weapon
becomes more a portrait of the scientist as a poetic, escapist dreamer than a
debate about ethics or a world in which weapons are dangerous, big business.”
The Girl In The Cafe
15 May 2007
“Tom Hollander gave one of the very best performances I have seen on stage
ever…. The numbness feeling I had when leaving the theatre and the last
scene spooking around in my head long after I left the theatre told me that this
was a great play….”
'Riveting…bitterly funny play in which [Penhall] sets
the aesthetic world of the creator against the harsh realities
of politics. It's a series of debates in which the emotions run
deep as the ideas…Penhall has a terrific ability to explore
moral conundrums dramatically…hones in on the argument
with accuracy and force'
Jane Edwardes, Time Out
5 STARS / SHOW OF THE WEEK / CRITICS' CHOICE #1
'Penhall turns the theatre into a debating chamber in Roger Michell's tense,
terrific production. The debate is electrifyingly charged in the performances
of Tom Hollander and Julian Rhind-Tutt as the two brothers…
…This is an important and bracing intellectual drama that brilliantly
humanises a moral conundrum.'
'Joe Penhall's politically barbed new play…gripping…Tom Hollander
and Julian Rhind-Tutt are explosively funny, highly intelligent actors with
impish comic timing.'
Independent on Sunday
'Intriguing new play about the moral and psychological implications of the
arms trade…Penhall shows a subtle feel for the big issues in small settings.'
'Impeccably staged…Julian Rhind-Tutt…supreme comic talent…Jason
Watkins is outstanding as Brooks the intelligence officer, a nice-spook-nasty-spook
rolled into one. There is vivacious direction from Roger Michell. An enjoyable
evening of theatre immaculately acted.'
'Fascinating... constantly subtle and engaging...Hollander
gives an extraordinary portrait of myopic preoccupation and subsequent unravelling.
Julian Rhind-Tutt is magnetic, beautifully light verbally and physically…Their
relationship, finely steered by Roger Michell, solders the play together and
makes a crisis into a drama.'
'Penhall's absorbing, provocative Landscape with Weapon is both a searching,
dramatic debate into the ethics and morals of making weapons and a moving study
into the relationship between two brothers…
…An excellent and extremely moving Tom Hollander…Julian Rhind-Tutt
is a delight…
…Roger Michell's assured production hits every target spot-on'
Mail on Sunday**** 4 STARS
'Roger Michell's well-paced production…I was intellectually gripped.'
'Roger Michell's finely acted production…Absorbing.'
'Joe Penhall's gift for dramatising uncomfortable arguments is again apparent
in his powerful new play about the arms industry and the moral responsibility
of the scientist. Roger Michell's production does justice to its lithe intelligence,
emotional pain and rueful humour. Tom Hollander is excellent... The ending
is bleakly beautiful.'
Independent, Critics' Choice
'Watch out for Roger Michell's rivetting production of Joe Penhall's explosive
and sublime new play... Hollander is outstanding.'
Baz Bamigboyne, Daily Mail
'A riveting human tragedy…
…Director Roger Michell presents a stylish
and arresting production on William Dudley's traverse stage, which accentuates
the antagonistic, dialectic nature of as play that debates the ethics of
the arms industry…I was mesmerised…
…Superb acting…Hollander's performance as the isolated, vulnerable
Ned is pitch-perfect and his descent into grubby paranoia is incredibly poignant…Rhind-Tutt
gives a richly compelling performance…the two actors have a fabulous chemistry.'
Landscape with Weapon finished on: 3 July 2007