You may remember Ben Chaplin from Ways to Live Forever, one of our most beloved films here at World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation. Now he is taking to the stage, and audiences will get to see his acting chops at the Dorfman Theatre in London.
“Consent” is a play by Nina Raine, and it tells the story of a group of lawyers dealing with a rape case and how it affects their personal lives. Ben plays a barrister, and to prepare for the role he consulted with real barristers in order to relate the legal world to the stage.
To quote Ben Chaplin, “We felt a massive kinship with barristers.” It will be interesting to see how Ben brings his character to life. Acting for the stage will prove to be quite different than acting for a film. In the film, there's room for mistakes, retakes, and edits, but on the stage, an actor must keep his composure throughout a scene and be ready to feed off the energy of the other players.
We encourage our readers to check out this review on Variety and we hope that our friends in the UK get a chance to see this one! To quote this review, “‘Consent’ is a watchmaker’s play, full of tiny moving parts. The whole thing pings with questions of consent — not just sexual but personal: set-ups, sacrifices, and unforeseen consequences.”