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To Kill A Mocking Bird

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#1 Alexandra

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:55 AM

If anyone here sees this it would be good to get some views early on, as I imagine tickets may sell out quickly.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:56 AM

I am going on 28th May, looking forward to it. Will report back.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 12:50 PM

To Kill a Mocking Bird - useful information for Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, where flocks of our twittering and cawing feathered friends regularly disrupt performances.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 07:26 PM

Well, I answered this for myself. It's excellent; imaginatively staged in a way I don't want to spoil but the reviews next week undoubtedly will, and enhanced by three natural, very appealing performances by the child actors - take a bow Izzy Lee, Adam Scotland and Harry Bennett, who were on the night we saw it, and managed this despite being the only cast members to be forced to wear short sleeved T shirts on a chilly night. Also plaudits for the voice coach Barbara Houseman. Robert Sean Leonard was also excellent, very low key - less heroic and more tired and downtrodden than Gregory Peck played it, which works and makes his address to the jury even more powerful. Very good ensemble playing from everyone else too. A hit.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:57 PM

I may be in a minority but I really didn't enjoy this. The decision to have narrators reading from the book in english accents really irritated me. I found some of the acting very hammy and thought some american accents were dreadful, The staging was quite interesting but not a production I could recommend unfortunately. Perhaps it's me, the past few things I've seen lately I haven't particularly enjoyed.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:54 AM

View Postitsuckstobeme, on 22 May 2013 - 08:57 PM, said:

I may be in a minority but I really didn't enjoy this. The decision to have narrators reading from the book in english accents really irritated me. I found some of the acting very hammy and thought some american accents were dreadful, The staging was quite interesting but not a production I could recommend unfortunately. Perhaps it's me, the past few things I've seen lately I haven't particularly enjoyed.
  Oh goodness, if there's one thing I really hate on stage it's narrators reading from the book. There was far too much of it in Curious Incident.

#7 xanderl

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:01 AM

I presume you didn't go to see "Gatz" then ;)
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:35 AM

Yeah I agree about narrators reading from books, it's such a lazy device, curious incident only really took off for me when it ditched the narration

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:13 AM

View Postxanderl, on 23 May 2013 - 08:01 AM, said:

I presume you didn't go to see "Gatz" then ;)
Perish the thought. There was quite enough unnecessary narrative in the film. I blame the Age of Innocence for the modern trend of thinking we can't understand what we're seeing unless a patronizing voice-over explains it. Re Gatz - wasn't the 20 minute reading at the end just a little bit dull? Be honest.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 01:00 PM

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Re Gatz - wasn't the 20 minute reading at the end just a little bit dull? Be honest.

Not one single second of Gatz was even slightly dull.




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