Posted 12 October 2013 - 07:50 PM
Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:56 PM
Superlative cast. Each character brought vividly to life. And Anna Calder-Marshall's grandmother is not only blessed with some of the best lines I've heard on stage in ages, but she delivers them perfectly. And yet she also carries one of the play's most devastating scenes.
Howard Davies' direction is as meticulous as usual, and the piece benefits from the intimacy and traverse staging (or at least it did from the front row). If anything, I wanted it to be more intimate. My only niggle is one which Lynette mentioned earlier: that the furniture is a bit too spread out. But that's neither here nor there when the acting, and in my view writing, is just so so good.
Little moan: I love the Bush, but the unreserved seating is a mess. They try to tell you where to sit having queued for half an hour (thanks for the tip Latecomer!) then they get you all to squish up as there are still people to get in, then various head counts, the a late group arive and want to sit together (more shuffling/moaning), then a speech telling us that there'll be no readmission so if you need the loo go now. (It's now 2.30pm, and everyone has sat down) So a few folk get up, go to the loo and then return, meaning that it doesn't start for another 5 mins. Surely putting a number on every seat would benefit everyone? (with the exception of those who book last minute but queue early)
Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:03 AM
Though my friend and I both thought the play dipped a bit in the middle - around the point the father entered the house - and we'd both foreseen the ending, it was a very interesting piece. As someone who has experienced disability in the family - though on a far lesser scale to that Kinnear has in mind here - I thought Rory absolutely nailed the ways in which a family are affected by that (conversations, behaviours, relationships), and how odd/alienating what's normal for you can seem to others.
I was lucky enough to be there on a night they also held a Q&A. (Kenneth Cranham is quite a character!)
Agree about the unreserved seating, by the way. It's a pain in the neck and seems to cause chaos any time I've encountered it, in various venues.
Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:19 AM
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