Review of The Kite Runner at The Mayflower

The Kite Runner, a performance filled with loyalty, betrayal, happiness, death and devastation. Following the life of Amir (Raj Ghatak) the audience are taken on a journey through his traumatic childhood in Afghanistan to his overwhelming adulthood in San Francisco when he learns of a lie that will change his life forever.

Set in Kabul, Amir and his father’s servant’s son, Hassan (Jo Ben Ayed) were presented as best friends as they played tag, read stories and joined together to enter the kite competition. Hassan would show a great deal of loyalty to Amir throughout his life, even when faced against Assef (Soroosh Lavasini) the psychopath of the story. During the play the audience witness the struggle between father and son, a disappointment from Baba (Gary Pillai) towards Amir as he could not understand Amir’s passion towards writing and reading. Amir continued to try and impress his father and he did so once he won the Kite Fighting Tournament with Hassan. However, from that moment on the entire performance changed from proud, happiness and determination to betrayal, devastation and a fight for redemption.

Matthew Spangler, the Adaptor, and Giles Croft, Director, did an incredible job to include as much as they could from Khaled Hosseini’s 372-page book into 2 hours and 35 minutes. They kept it simple and direct whist including the trauma of the life surrounding the characters in Afghanistan and San Francisco.

Barney George created a simple backdrop used throughout of a wooden fence along with a large kite that would allow the characters to flow from one scene to the next. Accompanying the show was a live percussionist Hanif Khan, who made the play come alive with his expressive hand movements on the Tabla.

A fantastic play filled with emotion and devastation.

The Kite Runner will continue to run from the 24 – 28th April at The Mayflower.