Di And Viv And Rose, Hampstead Theatre
Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:17 PM
I saw an early preview and though I enjoyed the play and laughed quite a lot, I've been surprised by the wildly enthusiastic comments I've since read elsewhere, particularly with reference to people being moved to tears. Yes, there was much to enjoy but also some flaws (particularly with reference to implausible plot developments) and as for crying - why on earth, and at which point? I do wonder whether younger people are simply more emotional these days, or perhaps given to hyperbole. Loved the soundtrack, though!
Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:29 PM
Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:55 PM
I am only speculating (shall report back more tomorrow) but I am not sure if the play loses something in a bigger space. I was very moved when I saw it last time (not quite to tears) but sitting about 1m from Tamzin Outhwaite whilst she gave the funeral speech did bring a lump to my throat.
Out of all the Hampstead Downstairs plays this one really stands out...and is easily the best play...which I think they recognised even first time round with the amazing casting they did.
Hampstead haven't quite pulled off the feat that the RC manages time and time again with their smaller auditorium and I would like to see them choose new plays more carefully and pay more detailed attention to casting in this venue. Perhaps it is next on their list, as Ed Hall has certainly managed a good job reinvigorating the main house programming!
As an afterthought, perhaps young people have been to university more recently than older people and this play brings back memories for them and evokes them with more potency...?
Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:07 PM
Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:11 PM
Parsley's comparison of the Studio programming with that of the Royal Court Upstairs seems very valid to me as the two venues seem to have similar aims and sources, but I agree that so far, Hampstead productions have been far more variable: Lay Down Your Cross being the high point for me and Ignorance the nadir.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:03 PM
Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:50 PM
I MUCH preferred the entire original cast.
Gina McKee is an excellent actress (in some ways better than all the others, more accomplished anyway) but I thought she was totally unsuited to this play.
I can vividly recall Nicola Walker in the same role.
In a similar vein, Anna Maxwell Martin is an outstanding talent, but Claudie Blakley did it that much better in this.
However, most people will not have seen the downstairs production so it won't make any difference to them!
Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:05 AM
Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:59 AM
This was pleasant enough, but I don't see what the fuss is about really. I didn't find it remotely convincing so didn't feel any emotional connection (except a bit with Di). Tamzin Outhwaite was great, and Gina McKee was excellent as the older Viv, but could never convince as a teenager. And when looking to cast the nymphomaniac (for want of better word) Rose, Anna Maxwell-Martin is the last person I'd pick (she was, however, very convincing as a nun in Measure For Measure at the Almeida).
There's a weird scene where they all dance to Prince's Let's Go Crazy which had me squirming with embarrassment, and another scene with much swearing which had me putting my hands over my face to make it go away. I don't normally squirm and hide when watching plays!
I'm being a bit unfair, as it has some lovely funny moments. I overheard a woman telling her companion at the end that it had been a "complete delight from beginning to end". I was disappointed though (and much preferred Port at the National later on).
Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:03 AM
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