One of Britains most recognised playwrights; David Hares recent credits include Gethsemane at the National, as well as the screenplays for Stephen Daldrys films, The Hours and The Reader. Twinned with his presentation on Berlin, which ran at the National earlier this year, Wall is Hares insight into life in Israel and Palestine and his take on what and how it has all gone wrong. Alone on stage for just over 40 minutes, Hare glances occasionally at his script and charms the audience with cheery anecdotes, fascinating stories, including one of a prolonged attempt to find his way into the guarded town of Nablus, and strong minded views on the countries ridiculous situation. The material is fascinating; he talks of his astonishment at a group of Palestinians hero worship of Saddam Hussein, the effect a singular reference to the bible can have to a small town over 2000 years later and perhaps most interestingly the very views and feelings of the Israelis and Palestinians themselves. Both are generally in agreement that the building of a wall is an admission that they have failed and are now telling the world that they no longer wish to be normal.Stephen Daldrys direction gives the piece further energy; Hare bounds on to the stage at the start pronouncing All right. Lets be serious, lets think about this, and while he doesnt pace and occupies the centre of the stage for much of his performance, there is a real focus that derives from this. My major qualm is that he fails to offer any real solution to the conflict and doesnt really venture into even discussing the future apart from a moot point that the Israelis dont think about planning for the future too far in advance as they themselves cant profess to guarantee, in their heart of hearts, that they will still be there. While this is undoubtedly a performance, there is a seminar type style to Hares piece and as such I couldnt help but leave thinking of several questions Id like to ask him about it unfortunately this just isnt an option, although Im sure it would only serve to enhance the audiences experience and Hare seems perfectly qualified to take up such a challenge.