Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:30 PM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:22 AM
I was in row H and heard the dialogues fine when the girl had her back towards the audience in the car scene , though I did wonder whether people sitting further back could hear her clearly.
Rather disappointed with the play as I had quite high hopes of it. The opening scene was too draggy that it got a bit annoying. After that it became slightly better and I quite liked the scene between Racheal and Danny. But it had to end with the car scene again... I guess it didn't help that I was tired on that day- struggled to stay awake in some scenes and follow the story. My friend got us the free cast list during intermission, which helped put things in perspective a little as it had the characters' age and the settings.
Kate O'Flynn was probably the only redeeming factor in the play. It was wonderful watching her grow into the adult Racheal.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:37 AM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:41 AM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:19 PM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:23 PM
I was surrounded by a school party who were impeccably behaved unlike the trad nt types!
Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:52 PM
I come from near Stockport and the dialogue and situations rang so true that it was painful at times. It's so good to see the National being, you know, National.
Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:53 PM
Things were livened up a bit when a spotlight fell out of the set, mid scene, from above the dressing table mirror but not for long....
The only funny thing was when the mobile phone fell off the stage. A chap in the front row put it back on stage as the lead looking for it: this was the best part of the play.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:07 AM
I'm really not getting the praise for O'Flynn but then I was so annoyed with her shouty, screechy, OTT scenes in the first half that I may have missed a better performance in the second. Not that she was the worst though - the actress playing the Grandmother appeared to be doing a "turn" from a bad 70s sitcom, "Billy" was never above a caricature at any age and even a usually reliable acftor like Calum Callaghan as "Danny" couldn't seem to hold his accent properly (I sympathise with the commenter who was annoyed by having to do the mental arithmetic, actors who can't sustain a proper accent is my equivalent of that - incredibly distracting). The only actor that came across as remotely believable or "real" in his role was Jack Deam as the Father.
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