Few more challenging prospects could have been presented to a group of 18-21 year old drama students than Tony Kushner's 3 hour epic, Angels in America. None the less, this 12-strong company relished the challenge of working on this landmark of contemporary theatre.
It's 1985. Ronald Reagan is in the White House; AIDS is on the rise and the millennium is not far off. Into this "melting pot where nothing melted" Kushner weaves a complex set of narratives about escape, fantasy, sex, death, AIDS, law, America and Mormonism.
Staged with pace and spectacle and aided by an astonishing sound-score created with his long-time sound designer Simon Perkin, Benet finally directed the play which first made him want to be a director when he saw it at the National nearly twenty years ago.
The result was a testament to the bravery of Year Out's company of young actors and to the genius of Tony Kushner's indisputable masterwork.