Posh - West End
Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:24 PM
I don't think that it needs big names. Who were any of the people listed here when the play was staged in 2010 at the Royal Court?:
Some may be better known two years on although only a couple of names look vaguely like ones I've seen before and I may even be imagining that.
It is a good play and the stage gets crowded on occasion, for it is more of an ensemble piece than something in which an individual can easily stand out. (It is not like Julian Mitchell's 'Another Country' which I saw in London and featured a young Daniel Day Lewis, and Kenneth Branagh just out of Rada, both being charismatic and excellent in performance, even allowing for other cast members.) 'Posh' is much busier and more crowded on stage than that play.
If it is done reasonably well, then I can see its three month run doing pretty well at the box office. I will not be seeing it next time out but would like to see a film version that was being talked of back in 2010.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:21 AM
It felt like something ripped from the front page of the Guardian, a lacerating portrait of the Cameron/Osborne crowd, who they are and where they came from. It's a very angry piece and while I entirely sympathize with playwright Laura Wade's contempt for the class system and the nasty bunch it spawns in this country it did feel at times like less would have been more. All the points are made and then made again. The result is that it felt like a long evening - it WAS a long evening, about two hours, fifty minutes. It could be trimmed by half and hour, easily.
It's basically a one set play, a tacky-ish private dining room in a country inn, the kind of place the Posh boys can ridicule endlessly. They're there (ten of them) for a club banquet which is expected to and does degenerate into mayhem. Rich boys behaving badly. It's all very smart and often very funny. The ensemble cast is terrific to a man and Ms Wade's dialogue is often hilarious and never less than true. When things get too didactic, there are musical interludes very reminiscent of Spring Awakening in which the boys suddenly become performers playing straight to the audience. Everyone of these elicited a big round of applause and deserved to but they weren't exactly integrated into the play itself.
The 2nd act takes a sharp turn into something more serious and it does so quite successfully - one could feel the audience suddenly tensing, in a good way. The excellent Leo Bill emerges as the most lethal and virulent of the Posh boys and briefly takes over the play. It's a sensational performance.
A disturbing piece then if too long and a touch too strident. It seems to have undergone a rewrite since it played the Royal Court - there were references to the Greek financial crisis. As I indicated above, it could hardly be more topical.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:14 AM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:20 PM
Seemed pretty full and has attracted quite a young audience. Looked like someone was able to get a day seat by turning up half an hour before the matinee
Definitely worth seeing - some good offers for stalls seats at the moment.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:52 PM
Including from Heat Magazine - didn't know they had a theatre reviewer!
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