On Friday night I went to go and see The Kite Runner at The Playhouse Theatre, based on the national bestseller book written by Khaled Hosseini.
I’d already read the book a few years ago, but decided to refresh my memory by reading it again a week before the showing.
I had forgotten how much of an emotional rollercoaster the book was, and the play was just as capitaving, with humorous moments as well as tearful.
I’d never been to Playhouse Theatre before so I didn’t know what to expect. After climbing a lot of stairs, I finally reached my seat after what felt like a work out. The inside of the theatre itself was small and intimate. I quite liked this as it meant I wasn’t too far from the stage even though my seat was in the upper circle, and I could see the actors faces clearly.
At first, I wasn’t too sure what to make of the play. The adult actors were also playing the role of Amir and Hassan as children, but after a few minutes I’d forgotten about this as they played these roles so well and captured the audience’s attention from the first minute.
I won’t give anything major away about the story but it’s about a young boy, Amir, who lives in a big house with his wealthy father, and their servant and his son, Hassan, who live in a mud hut at the bottom of the garden. Amir and Hassan are the best of friends who endure good times and bad. Hassan is an Hazara and Amir a Pashtun, who were regarded as better than an Hazara. This resulted in Amir fighting with himself to be best friends with Hassan but also live up to his Pashtun status.
The story tells a tale of the kings assassination and the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the affects this has on Amir and Hassan’s life, and their friendship.
There’s so much packed into the book that I wasn’t really sure how it was all going to be included in the play, but I was happy to see that every key moment was wonderfully portrayed and the show represented the characters exactly how I’d imagined, capturing their personalities perfectly. Although Hassan looked a little different from what I’d imagined.
However, the way the play was directed was really interested. Amir was speaking as an adult as he told the story of his life throughout the night, as well as slipping into his role as a younger Amir to demonstrate monumental scenes in his life.
After reading the book and watching the play, it really makes you reflect on life. The story portrays the decisions you have to make when your home country is being destroyed, and the poverty and poor state of life this leaves people in. And these kind of things still go on today. It makes you realise how lucky you are to live in a place where you feel safe enough not to have to flee to another country to live a better life. We can live in peace with family around us, a roof over our head, food on our table and a job to support us in life and we should be thankful for this.
So not only is this a gripping story which is well written by Khaled, it’s also a story that makes you thankful for the life you have.