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War Horse Advice

10 February 2014 - 09:20 PM

I wanted some advice from anyone who has seen this in the WE.

I last saw it in 2007 at the NT so memories are very distant at best.

Parents are coming to London and wanted something failsafe (but not naff) to send them to see.

The tickets for some weekdays are reasonably priced as well (£40 in the stalls).

What do people think?


Oh What A Lovely War!

06 February 2014 - 10:52 PM

MUST see this

All of you


Well done and so clever

Only issue was audibility and having to travel to Stratford

But excellent

I am sure will return or make a transfer

The Pass

16 January 2014 - 10:37 PM


Just back from this

Shaken and moved and entertained like I have never been before


I am in love with Russell Tovey- too much pert bottom and torso on display though, so close it is tempting to get up and join in (!)

A play that messes with your head and your emotions

A subject matter that I would never in a million years have been interested in if I had not been seeing it through the medium of theatre was made shockingly real in an amazingly layered play

I am so pleased it is on the RC too!!!

Utterly incredible start to the year


Drawing The Line

07 December 2013 - 05:28 PM

Howard Brenton is another of those playwrights who is capable of only writing in one vein.

Don't get me wrong, I actually admire his takes on all sorts of historical events and I have been compelled to go home and read up on periods of history I knew little about prior to seeing something like 55 Days.

But he does have a tendency to boil down the emotions and contents to such an extent that we lose too much feeling and empathy towards the characters.

The structure here is almost identical to 55 Days but it is a much weaker play. This is no fault of the subject matter which is incendiary in its potential.

Unfortunately the "brown" characters are resigned to caricature.

There was no sense of feeling towards the common person on the street as to how the creation of Pakistan impacted a huge nation divided and this blame falls squarely on the shoulders of Brenton.
His great weakness is that he is only able to offer one side of the story.

His plays would be all the more complex if he spent more time developing emotional content and the actual characters.

I think this is still worth seeing and his plays are always informative but they are getting ever more simplistic and cliched.

Wonderfully effective production and staging with good performance from a large cast.

But lacking as a play overall.


04 December 2013 - 09:46 PM

This utterly bizarre.

I want to say it is waste of time.

But I think I liked it.

It is staged and delivered with such panache and the performances are uniformly excellent.

The cast are excellent at responding to the audience.

The main let down is the food.

I wish they had put a bit more effort into it.

Then the show would have truly shone.

Wonderful lighting too.