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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:45 PM
It's basically scenes (8 of them) in the sad life of a working class girl from Stockport, moving from 1988 when the heroine, Racheal Keats, is 11, to 2002 when she is 24. It's an old story, the patterns and problems of childhood recapitulating themselves in adulthood, and the production is not subtle about underlining this theme. For instance, the same actor who plays Rachael's brute of a father also plays her brute of a husband.
What Port has going for it is a young actress named Kate O'Flynn who can hold this big stage and make us - me at least - really care. Her performance hasn't quite settled in yet - it was the 2nd preview - and her 11 year old is a bit too geeky gawky but as her character ages she blooms before our eyes. She has the magic and she literally carries the play. At the final bows when she stepped forward for a solo moment the audience exploded.
Upon reflection it seems to me that Port, with its gritty realism and unheightened street language, would make a pretty good low budget movie - a better movie than a play. If I had the money I'd option it myself. And I would certainly cast Kate O'Flynn in the lead.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:32 AM
I always think most stuff in the Lyttleton would be better elsewhere. But there you go.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:31 AM
I was incredibly taken with this - it's brutal in the way of Nil by Mouth and Tyrannosaur, but, after two slow, even boring opening scenes, I was completely riveted. Stephens has created a wonderful character, Racheal, and she's brought to extraordinary life by Kate O'Flynn (unknown to me). I'll be surprised if I see a better performance this year.
Not something to take your mother to, or for a first date, but I'd thoroughly recommend, if you like this sort of thing.
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