The dramatic conceit behind this show is full of promise. Jamie and Cathy’s five years relationship, which included marriage, has come to an end. We get two different perspectives; Jamie takes up from when the couple first get together and winds forward until the crash whilst Cathy takes up from the heartbreak at the end of the relationship and winds back to the first giving of flowers
This way of playing with time can work very poignantly. Harold Pinter used the reversal of time to great effect in his classic play Betrayal where the play starts at the end of an affair and ends with the first kiss. That first kiss is one of those heart stopping moments.Continue reading THE LAST FIVE YEARS @ THE ENSEMBLE→
Plenty of shots are fired in the late, great Edward Albee’s classic drama, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF. Middle-aged couple George and Mildred marriage is a war zone and they invite another couple, Nick and Honey, over to unwittingly join them on the front line.
This latest revival of this oft performed Albee work has been put on by the Theatron Group.
A good creative team comprising John Pryce-Jones’ raised platform set of George and Martha’s 1960’s living room, Martin Kinnane’s sharp lighting design, and Alistair Wallace’s subtle sound design create a very distinct world for what is a stellar cast to weave their spell in. This small troupe of players genuinely seize upon the ‘meaty’ roles which Albee has gifted them. Continue reading WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? @ THE GREEK THEATRE→
In the opening sequence of THE HOUSE OF RAMON IGLESIA a mother lights the incense for the small, crowded, ever-present house altar. The audience has been warned about its use. The smell is strong and pungent. But the wafts rising from the well-used smoker soon dissipate. This is much the way I felt about the production. So many solid things about the enjoyable and well conceptualised show but little to take home.
This is a family drama. Ramon has brought his clan from Puerto Rico for the good life in America, landing in Long Island in the 1960s. It is now 1980. He has a disaffected wife who refuses to learn English and a janitorial job in a school which doesn’t help his alcoholism or his diabetes. He has three sons. They are different, yet all three have more aspiration and self-belief than he has. Continue reading The House of Ramon Iglesia @ The Old Fitz→
As we lead into the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC tradition, established in Gallipoli through the fierce bravery and camaraderie displayed by the Australian and New Zealand troops under the most appalling conditions, we welcome the opportunity to be reminded of the stories of these soldiers and their sacrifice. However, there were also Australian and New Zealand women who endured hardship and experienced great trauma during WW1, – the nurses. It is heartening to see their stories are being told as well, without gloss or glamour.
THROUGH THESE LINES writer and ensemble member, Cheryl Ward (she plays the fair but strict Matron Ada Watson) demonstrates extensive research and effective manipulation of techniques and emotions to bring to life the story of Sister Florence Whiting, (Kate Skinner). Continue reading Through These Lines→
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