Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, adapted by David Farr: The Hunt, Almeida Theatre, London (Director: Rupert Goold)
By Sascha Krieger
In his film The Hunt, Thomas Vinterberg tells the story of an elementary schoolteacher falsely accused of sexually abusing a young girl. It depicts how he is ostracised, shut out from every aspect of community life, how his friends become a mob and fear turns into hate. It does so with stark naturalism, focusing on the everyday, the day to day struggles that form the nightmare that is bow his wife. In their tight theatre adaptation, David Farr and Rupert Goold swap the realism for a more ritualistic approach.