George Bernard Shaw’s ST JOAN, in a production directed by Josie Rourke at the Donmar, is the latest play in the NT Live screenings.
I had mixed feelings about Rourke’s production.Gemma Arterton as St Joan is superb, and the idea of updating the play to now with computers, mobile phones and rolling screens of financial statistics was intriguing but didn’t feel like it worked that well.
A damned sight better than the damnedly unsightly and uninsightful recent rendering of Madame Bovary by Sophie Barthes, GEMMA BOVERY marks the second time Gemma Arterton has played a character created by Posy Simmonds, the first being her fine characterisation of Tamara Drewe.
Gemma plays Gemma Bovery who has relocated to France from England with her furniture restorer husband, to start afresh in a place where they take living seriously.
Gemma’s neighbour, the local baker Martin Joubert, is totally smitten, not just by her natural charm but by her name and the very fact that Flaubert set his famous novel in the locality they live. Continue reading Gemma Bovery→