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Play Review: Grief

26 Jan

Mike Leigh is one of my favourite writer/directors of all time, both on stage and screen. Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake, Naked, Ecstasy, Abigail’s Party, there are too many pieces by him that I love. As soon as this play was announce, I had to grab a ticket. Perhaps I was anticipating it a bit too much. A lot of people were though. This play was commissioned by the National even before Leigh had finished it. Of course, people were instantly fascinated and intrigued as to what this new project would be.

Grief, which was only titled a few days before opening night, takes place during the 1950s in the living room of war widow Dorothy (Lesley Manville). Dorothy lives in a London suburb with her fifteen year old daughter Victoria(Ruby Bentall) and her older, bachelor brother Edwin (Sam Kelly). Dorothy is trying her best to be a good mother for Dorothy but Dorothy is proving to be a hard child to deal with.

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Play Review: Jerusalem

18 Nov

Back in August, when my blog had just started, I wrote a post about how I had just bought tickets to this play. How I excited I was, and how much I was looking forward to it. There’s been a lot of hype around this play. With all the awards, rave reviews, including comments hailing Mark Rylance as the ‘Laurence Olivier of our time’ and this play being ‘an instant modern classic’, it’s safe to say that this is supposed to be a good play. Let me say, that the hype is most certainly justified.

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The play is set in Wiltshire England and takes place on St. George’s Day. Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron (Mark Rylance) is a local drug dealer and alcohol supplier to teenagers in the area. He’s wanted by the council for his illegal encampment of his home van. Many more events will transpire on this festive day for the village. It’s a big day for Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron.

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Play Review

17 Sep

One of the best things about going to the theatre is that it provides a good night out and can be quality entertainment. This play does that. It provides a great night out.

Richard Bean has adapted the 1753 play¬†Arlecchino servitore di due padroni which translates to The Servant of Two Masters. The basic plot is the same but scenes have been changed, added and modified to perfection. This play is fantastic! The story follows James Corden playing Francis Henshall, a man who is serving a woman who is disguised as a man (which of course, no one knows). She has returned home to her father disguised as her brother who they had believed to have been murdered. She’s looking for her lover who in fact did murder her brother. Francis then begins to serve for the murderer named Stanley who is a very typical upper-class, boarding school man. It’s all presented much like The Comedy of Errors where no one knows everyone else’s identity but the plot is by no means boring and is carried out with A LOT of humour.

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