There’s a warped sense of humour in Rice which didn’t appeal to me, although there were some in the audience that for whatever reason thought it was hilarious that Yvette (Sarah Lam) refers to another, albeit off-stage, woman as “ugly”. It’s a rather depressing piece of theatre, really - more or less everyone (by which I mean various other characters) is apparently full of bullsh*t, and there’s a lot of shouting going on. At one point I wondered if I was watching an episode of EastEnders, … [Read more...]
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The sort of gymnastic movements with which Linda Marlowe closes out No Fear! would be impressive at any age, but at 81 years young she defies the image of an octogenarian sticking to things like brisk walking and stretching as part of their exercise regime. And so it was that her (somewhat) advancing years expressed themselves in other ways, most notably when Marlowe left the stage, ostensibly to retrieve her spectacles from her dressing room. I couldn’t tell if this was scripted or not, though … [Read more...]
There’s a commitment to working class stories in this collection of audio plays. Disturbed is a perfect title for the first one, which to me became more absurd with almost every passing minute. The narrative ends up being a damning indictment on the adult social care sector, without ever mentioning it. Layla keeps meticulous records on whatever is going on with the upstairs neighbours in a block of flats, but this goes far beyond a noise monitoring diary: “I know when they go to sleep and when … [Read more...]
There was an actual witch hunter during the English Civil War called Matthew Hopkins (George Kemp), who was said to have been responsible for having arranged for the executions of at least one hundred witches during his time as ‘Witchfinder General’, apparently a position he gave himself (not actually having been appointed to that office by the Lord Protector, or indeed anyone else). Invariably, a theatrical adaptation of the novel The Witchfinder’s Sister brings to mind the Arthur Miller play … [Read more...]
This was rather like listening to Mellow Magic during a long car journey. A lot of the songs had a lot of meaning, but if you’re after a bit of song and dance, or something even moderately upbeat, one would have to go elsewhere. In the end, however, why not play to one’s strengths? Christine Andreas has a beautiful and crystal clear delivery of every lyric in her selection of songs, which include one or two ‘mashups’, even if her musical director (and husband) Martin Silvestri points out that … [Read more...]