Posted 18 July 2013 - 12:40 PM
David Edgar's new play is heavily political. The premise is that a Tory candiate, a Lib Dem staffer and a Labour special advisor are stuck together, by chance, in Malaga airport, where all flights are grounded because of the Ash Cloud. They decide to drive up to Calais in order to get home, and on the way are joined by a hippy 18 year old girl who has a rather good knowledge of politics. Sounds a bit forced, no? Well, Act 2 is set four yrs later in 2014, in a church in rural Belgium, for the commemoration of WW1. And the three of them are back together, and oh wait, the girl appears too.
Even if the premise if slightly unbelievable/contrived, it does allow for some fascinating discussions on politics now, and how much of a game it really is. And it's very well acted by the cast of four: Jamie Glover, Martin Hutson, Charlotte Lucas and Eve Ponsonby. Angus Jackson's direction is slick, and Ruth Sutcliffe's design makes great use of the Minerva space. There's even a fully functioning Peugeot 205 on stage.
Worth a look.
Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:07 PM
Posted 18 July 2013 - 03:20 PM
The actors are really playing representations of their characters' parties and the moment of humanity in the second act is too little too late. The only highlight would be when Charlotte Lucas is forced into a corner and made to face reality.
Furthermore, if Edgar thinks everybody in my generation speaks with the word "like" in every sentence then he has another thing coming! I almost felt embarrassed for Eve Ponsonby.
Posted 28 July 2013 - 06:42 AM
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