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#300291 Birdland - Simon Stephens - Andrew Scott

Posted Parsley on 12 April 2014 - 08:44 PM


Pile of rubbish

My least favourite of all the Simon Stephens plays I have seen over the last 10 years or so

I love Andrew Scott as an actor but I fear the plays he chooses/ is chosen to be in are not the best showcase

The proceedings are far too long

Pointless pointless staging and the flooding of the stage was too much for my bladder which was almost brimming over stretched to bursting capacity with the interval-less 2 hours

I also noted that I was following the script

At the RC (and other esteemed theatres where the script is readily and cheaply sold as the programme) if the play is awful then I place my index finger at a random point interleaved in the pages at a place hereafter

Then I surprise myself randomly by seeing if we have reached that point and get bonus points if I have waited and been patient enough to have passed beyond my mark and the end is even closer in sight than I thought

During this time I reminisce longingly about lovely shows I have seen or imagine which latest fashions I will purchase or look about at my fellow theatre goers or fantasise about delicious foods or just imagine what I will report back to my WOS sisters

Sometimes I watch the play

Like if Andrew Scott takes his top off

But it's a BIG boob from me for this

Still Stephens has written some of my favourite modern plays and I know how it goes with him

As a point of interest, do other people follow texts during the play- this is particularly relevant at the RC as every single play on as the text available and I always buy one prior to the play starting

I hope Carrie Cracknell isn't going to start punching above her weight and getting all big headed
She is being given too many things to do too quickly
I loved some of the earlier works she directed
But suddenly it's opera here, play here, there and everywhere
Associate this and that

I know she has worked her way up from The Gate
And again I DO love lots of what she has done
But I fear a Katie Mitchell-esque overexposure
And audience fatigue will set in
At least that director (however divisive her styles) has a strong identity and an impressive back catalogue of all manner of shows to back it up with  
I don't wish to sound mean
But Carrie Cracknell is shaping up to be a much more pallid imitation of KM

Speaking of which (and relevant to this post) dear KM will be doing Simon Stephens "version" of The Cherry Orchard soon enough!!!!

I forgot to mention I was sitting next to a lady of "plus size"
This larger dimensioned personage spilled over into my personal space
And stank of BO
That stale nauseating sort of smell which makes you retch into your own mouth silently
It greatly distracted me from the play

#299820 Time To Support Theatre On Forum!

Posted xanderl on 09 April 2014 - 05:43 AM

Nonsense - there are lots of threads here where people are being very positive about shows that are actually any good.

#288477 From Morning To Midnight @ National

Posted Theatresquirrel on 05 January 2014 - 01:29 AM

Did we all see the same play? Glad to see a little love for this on here because I thought it was pretty spectacular. I'll say this: it's not a great play per se - it may well have been in its day, but now the story itself is an overly familiar, well-worn morality tale that you'll feel you've seen already in a hundred other plays and movies.

BUT the production is wonderful, constantly inventive, beautifully, generously designed, intricately evocative of the style and swagger of European art and society in the early 20th century, and the cast work their (amply padded) socks off.

Can't believe I'm the first person in 7 pages of posts to mention the music: in the first half, there are beautifully reinvented excerpts from Wagner, in the second half all sorts of lusty, furtive surprises: I'd never heard anything quite like the headlong accordion that accompanies the sex scenes. It's so great having the musicians onstage throughout too, intermingling, and I laughed a lot at their final deed.

Also can't believe I'm only the second person in 7 pages to mention *that scene* in the snow. Yes, we've all seen white sheets used for snow before, but wow, never like this. How it starts is thrilling. The gestures, the music. So beautiful. I'll keep this spoiler-free, but the subsequent moment when a tree appears was utterly bewildering and captivating too. How Gina Bellman ends up in this scene too is gripping. And anchoring it all, Adam Godley is so vivid and sinister and endearing all at once in this sequence - and throughout.

As someone else here said, the choreography in the first scene too is as gorgeous as anything I've seen in the theatre in the last year. Not all scenes have the same punch, but they don't in any other play either.

It does have its shortfalls and occasional longeurs (I could have done with one or two fewer confessions at the end), but you can only blame the original play for that. But I can well imagine it had a real impact in its day - and has certainly influenced so many subsequent things which it now, in turns, seems to echo - so I applaud the National for staging it, and boy they've staged it in the most lavish and loving way imaginable.

No walkouts on my watch today. A hell of a lot of laughter, and folks whooping 'Bravo' at the end.

Judge for yourself, but I definitely think it's worth seeing.

#288411 In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play - St James

Posted Latecomer on 04 January 2014 - 12:42 PM

Loved this...I had forgotten how great Edward Bennett is! I thought everyone played roles very well and the set was splendid! I liked Natalie Casey and as someone who blunders into conversations without much tact I enjoyed her portrayal. Loved the ending!

By the way, checked at the Box Office about their play later in the year....
They try hard there but don't get things right all the time....the cast includes Stephanie Cole but on line doesn't give you a cast list! For info Frances Ashman, Stephanie Coleman, Natalie Klamar, Brian Protheroe, Jane Wymark and Tristram Wymark

There are some cheap tickets available....front couple of rows....for £5 or £14 for all dates. Most of the £5 ones have gone already but some available at the end of the run...slap bang in middle front row! Can see them all on the website. They are not very good at letting people know the setup though...I assumed they would be in poor seats! So if you fancy help yourself!

#288408 Fault Lines

Posted Latecomer on 04 January 2014 - 12:30 PM

Loved this too...Thanks PN2 as wouldn't have booked without the recommendation!
Have a agree with other posters...great dialogue, first half stronger than second, 4 great performances but Alex Lawther and Nicola McAuliffe really splendid...and will look out for Lawther in future!
Splendid Christmas set....very festive!

#287744 My Favourite Things In 2013

Posted Lynette on 26 December 2013 - 05:02 PM

Thanks, Pn 2. I totally agree, it wouldn't be half as much fun if I couldn't sound off here on the board. Here's to many more heated posts in 2014.

#287716 My Favourite Things In 2013

Posted Lynette on 24 December 2013 - 05:42 PM

Just popping in to this thread to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a theatre full 2014. No collapsing ceilings!

#285014 From Morning To Midnight @ National

Posted Latecomer on 27 November 2013 - 03:39 PM

View PostLynette, on 27 November 2013 - 12:56 PM, said:

Sounds dire.

I read PN2's thoughts and thought "just the sort of thing I like then!"

#284838 The Duchess Of Malfi (Gemma Arterton)

Posted Beth on 25 November 2013 - 09:49 PM

View PostLynette, on 25 November 2013 - 07:27 PM, said:

But it is indoors, Latecomer and I presume there will some kind of heating - maybe logs burning ...who knows? Do book or I won't have anyone to argue/agree with.

I will spill the beans - Latecomer caved.

#283185 Strangers On A Train

Posted Boob on 07 November 2013 - 10:04 AM

View PostPharaoh, on 06 November 2013 - 11:37 PM, said:

I'm hearing v mixed things. Intervals lasting well over 40mins because of technical problems, and the first preview (2nd Nov- last Sat) was cancelled. If you're thinking of going, I'd leave it a few weeks.

Yes, it takes at least 20 minutes to get one cast member's ego off the stage.

#282780 Richard 2Nd - With David Tennant

Posted peggs on 03 November 2013 - 10:12 AM

View PostLynette, on 02 November 2013 - 11:41 PM, said:

. Peggs, please don't give up on Stratford. You'd like The Swan and they have some good stuff next summer. We could even meet up!
It was something of an anti climax first visit, i think whilst i was not that fussed about seeing the play having seen a few productions i really liked it had not occurred to me that i wouldn't at least think Tennant was good, having gone to his hamlet the day he went off this was going to show me what i missed and it just never really grabbed me. I realise that my response to a lot of theatre is on the basis of my emotional response, it's pretty basic i suppose, but i like to be grabbed by the guts.

In fairness we did like the set as we walked in and i battled throughout peering around a pillar so i never switched off. i do want to go back, the swan looked  beautiful from the outside so i would love to see the inside, i just need to persuade Latecomer that she wants to go on saturdays and host me for the weekend,

#279358 The Herd

Posted peggs on 29 September 2013 - 07:32 PM

Yes what a find, well for me, my first visit to the Bush, but it's lovely there as noted. It's hard not to like a place where you can read plays when you go to the toilet but also lovely food and friendly staff and it would seem rather a good eye for picking a play. Had no thoughts at all prior to going to this regarding what to expect but it was really powerful and funny and painful all at the same time. I can't really say anything new that hasn't already been said but would strongly support other people's positive expereinces.

Plus it is fun to be a child and spin the cubes in the park!

#278796 A Midsummer Night's Dream

Posted peggs on 21 September 2013 - 06:23 PM

indeed! and well done to the Noel Coward for finding Latecomer's coat and to the audience who behaved properply and not like wild things after our last trip there.

#278355 Libby Purves Axed From The Times

Posted Honoured Guest on 16 September 2013 - 05:30 PM


Theatre critics were invited to testdrive the lorry on the M1 on Tuesday evening but I was far too busy as there was a drag cabaret act in the Cozy Cupboard Upstairs that night so I e-mailed the press agent twenty seven times to request that I must be permitted access to an earlier drive as the readers of the Sunday Express were agog but he rudely ignored my first twenty six demands and finally directed me to the toll booth where they didn't know I was coming but asked me if I was THE mark shenton and when I fluttered my eyelashes admitted me to the Sunday matinee drive (luckily before the fateful Monday matinee accident!) where the upholstery was incredibly uncomfortable and my focus on the dashboard was distracted by a fellow passenger taking photographs who turned out to be Bianca Jagger (as I tweeted earlier).

#276031 Single Theatre Goers

Posted Caz on 23 August 2013 - 07:09 PM

I go the the theatre on my own everytime, and love it.... no one else to worry about, see what l want.. leave when l want if no good! l go probably about 15/20 times in a year....a hobby l took up when my husband died 10 years ago.. l was 43 at the time and didn't want to be a burden to anyone... first time l went on my own l came out like a Cheshire cat with the hugest of grins.. l loved it, mainly go to matinees, sometimes 2 on one day then a hotel, love my own company and always chat to people either side of me... never been aproblem getting seats either.....infact when l tell friends what l am seeing sometimes they say l'll come and then l don't mention it again... cos l actually enjoy going on my own for the above reasons....... and no l would not want a singles table so everyone can go to it in the interval....quite happy to chat with who will ever listen!