Review: A Hero of Our Time


HUNCHtheatre
C Royale – until August 27th
5 Stars (5 / 5)


The performance itself is heroic.

A Hero of Our Time is a Russian tale of an old-school player who screws over his old bestie in the game of love just because he can… and all for a girl he isn’t even that interested in. In good Russian style, his breathtaking nihilism eventually leaves him feeling empty as he finally faces his own judgement.

The chemistry between protagonist Oliver Bennett and supporting man James Marlow is utterly flawless. Their characters banter at speed with a casually natural and immersive rapport. As their relationship sours, so the tension between them deepens with great dramatic flair. Anastasia Zinovieva doubles as both love-interests, demurely and sensually.

The adaptation of Mikhail Lermontov’s Russian thriller to the stage strikes as quite incredible, for one who has not read the book. The use of poetic language with modern vernacular to bridge and make its accessible is seemless.

The energy on stage is frenetic, fluctuating from fast paced, witty and full of passion, to long, slow, dramatic and rich. Multi-media is used to great effect and award-winning director/performer Vladimir Shcherban has them using a little space to incredible effect with a small number of props going a long way. And god grant HUNCHtheatre a bigger space next year. God grant them a HUGE space seating hundreds of people, night after night.

Intensely proficient, A Hero of Our Time is the kind of show one longs to see at The Fringe.

HUNCHtheatre IS A NEW INTERNATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY BASED IN LONDON, FOUNDED BY VLADIMIR SHCHERBAN – AWARD-WINING DIRECTOR FROM BELARUS – AND OLIVER BENNETT – BRITISH ACTOR AND AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT.