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Review of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at the Bridewell Theatre

Someone Who'll Watch Over MeThe Bridewell Theatre is a lovely intimate venue set out of the way that you might miss it if you didn’t know it was there. A gripping, brilliantly written play with a superb use of humour in such a harrowing story helping the audience “deal” with the topic by easing them into the situation, allowing them to come to some form of acknowledgement before the story darkens further.

The three actors contribute fantastically to this play taking us into this world with ease making it completely believable. They all deliver performances that should be commended so much so that I am unable to pick out a preferred actor, they were all fantastic.

The set is the most minimalistic I have ever seen. We have what is fundamentally a white box portraying the cell the captives are held in. Two radiators on the wall and that is it. Minimalistic it might be but the set is excellent being everything you need for the play.

The lighting is probably brighter than you’d imagine such a cell to be but it is done in a clever way that you still feel the captive’s world is dark. There is enough light so the actors are visible and facial expressions aren’t missed. It alters subtly through the play, which was a nice touch.

This is an excellent in-depth portrayal into how three men come to terms with their terrifying situation, their own mortality and their coping mechanisms for such an emotional and despondent capture. The whole cast and crew has created a wonderful piece of theatre and it is well worth making the effort to see one of the 6 performances.

5 Star Rating

Review By Lee Cogger

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness
An Englishman, an Irishman and an American are locked in a cell in Beirut, Lebanon. Why they are in that cell is anybody’s guess, and why they are in Lebanon was their own. All three have been kidnapped and are being held hostage. 

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, is playwright Frank McGuinness’s hymn to the defiant power of the human spirit and the creative imagination, inspired by the experiences of Brian Keenan and Terry Waite.

Cast:
Adam – George Turner
Edward – Tom Redican
Michael – Martin Shaw

Creative:
Director Robert Irvine
Written by Frank McGuinness
Set Design Michael Bettell
Costume Design Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design Adam Taylor
Sound Design Laurence Tuerk
Stage Manager Dinah Irvine
Assistant Stage Manager Sacha Walker
Lighting and Sound Operator Nigel Oram

Listings:
Evenings at 7.30
Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th June
Matinée at 3.00
Saturday 27th June

The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street
http://www.towertheatre.org.uk/

Tuesday 23rd June 2015

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