01 March 2022
5.0 out of 5.0 stars
The Collaboration is more an experience than a play!
With a distinct watch-from-the-sidelines feel, it’s a beautiful production that follows Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat as the two artists collide. Pushed to collaborate with the latest up and coming new blood exploding into the art world, an ageing Warhol struggles to connect to such a radically different art style, but is deeply fascinated by the artist.
Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope play incredibly well off each other, embodying the two artists beautifully as they clash and connect, weaving a turbulent but touching story.
With a live DJ, dizzying lighting, minimal but effective sets, and a big dose of passion, it’s a stunning experience that runs the gamut of human emotions, as great art does. The show is explosive, coarse, immersive and disruptive to the point of making the two hour run time barely noticeable.
The play is already set to become a feature film, with production said to start shortly after the end of its run at the Young Vic, and I for one cannot wait to see it! If there’s any way you can get yourself down to the theatre to see it yourself, do yourself the favour and book now! It truly is an experience not to be missed.