I have never read a Julie Burchill article and had no idea who she was or what she was about!
I went to see this show on a friends reccomendation - and will gladly go and see it again.
I got the humour straight away and fell in love with a certain Jackie Clune.
Her performance is spellbinding - I was captivated (No easy task to accomplish to a man in his late 40's!).
Tim Fountain has weaved magic with the script and I was left grinning for hours after.
I have read quite a few reviews about this play since I have seen it and cannot understand how some reviewers have reacted - are they jealous about a superb show that isn't about them?
I think so.
Go and see this show it really is a must!!
- USER: Whatsonstage.com
01 Jul 02
As a monologue, 'Julie Burchill Is Away', in the intimate confines of the Soho Theatre, works reasonably well. However, despite Jackie Clunes' confident delivery of Ms Burchill's renowned acerbic wit, the audience reaction to some of the NME hack's profound comments ranged from nervous shuffles to embarrassed giggles. The problem with this type of production is that you are subject to one person's opinion, with no other character interaction. As such, you are left with an uncomfortable feeling when you disagree with any remark, particularly when seemingly seated within the close confines of Ms Burchill's living room. Tim Fountain's script interjects many of Burchill's quotes into the space of one afternoon rather too neatly and calculated, although perhaps reflects a woman unhappy with the way modern life has moved on without her, as she often appears to yearn for the way things used to be.
The world has moved on, and while the punk generation now all live in cosy suburban comfort, Media Studies graduates have become the bain of individual thinkers and doers. Miss Burchill doesn't want your sympathy, but underneath that tough exterior there seems to be a woman who is looking for a shoulder to cry on. Whether this is down to the likeable Jackie Clunes' fairly fluffy performance or writer Fountain's rather slender monologue I'm not sure. The hushed pause at the end of the production was no doubt the majority of the audience silently wondering what they had just seen and how they should have ejoyed it exactly. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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