Life According to Saki by Katherine Rundell comes to us across the pond from Atticist Productions. If you have not seen this 70 minute production, it is highly suggested. It is a pleasurable evening of wit, story-telling, and truth. Life According to Saki is set in WWI, literally in the trenches. Soldiers await their fate day by day and are met by intolerable boredom. To fill this void, a soldier named Saki, supplies ample stories throughout. Saki, played by David Paisley, is based off of the real life man Hector Hugh Munro. This man was an established writer that enlisted in WWI in his mid-forties; he was more than double in age of most of the men already! Saki and the men acted out numerous stories about fear, love, loss, and religion. Each story was more vulnerable than the next.
|photo by Monica Simoes|
The lighting and sound, by David Doyle, were all tightly executed for each scene. It is a small space, but intimate, and the intimacy was utilized. The costumes are simple, defined, and true to the period. Since each character played multiple parts the simple design made it easy for them to transform. The set is also simple with boxes, benches, and a projection screen on the back surrounded by rock. The projection screen was utilized to enhance the audiences understanding of a story; it was never too much, but just right.
All in all, Life According to Saki is highly recommended. It runs until March 5th, so get your tickets to this short yet honest and witty British play. It was an honor to remember someone who made the world a better place with a tiny drop in the bucket. It was a generous reminder that we all can do that by being good to one another - that is what people will remember.