Hallo...I did not worry about the period language or manners...it is a period piece after all. But what concerned me a bit was that the shock third act, when Priestley's trick is revealed, cannot have any impact in this particular theatre, as we have all sat through the scene change. I can imagine the impact as the curtain rises/or the lights come up on the third act and it not what we were expecting. To get a similar effect, if I had been directing this I might have played the whole play, with no interval at all, and the time periods are literal jump cuts, as Ayckbourn has done since. Of course this would not allow for any change of the nice period furniture that the exchange gets obsessed with, but there would be nothing wrong with a more abstract approach, with the same furniture doing for the different periods. I think this would give the play a more dramatic impact. Any thoughts.....
yes a shame about Mrs Overall, but I quite liked Ms Drake otherwise. she certainly has a sparkle. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
09 Jan 02
Val Bennion's crit is spot on. The play certainly feels its age and has a 'Five Go Mad in Dorset' air about it. A whole row of people gasped at Mrs Conway's likeness to Mrs Overall (aka Julie Walters). I also felt that her eldest son was largely modelled on Captain Flasheart (aka Rick Mayall) from the Blackadder series. That said, the production values were typically high and, after a pedestrian first act, there was plenty of drama and humour to enjoy. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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