rds is ridiculously unkind. A stunning space , brilliant sight lines and a production which, while not going to set the world alight, was clear and thoughtful made for an exceptional outing. All the word of mouth is positive. But the challenge is tremendous now that Hall's name is no longer attached to the project. Let us keep our fingers crossed. - dcc
08 Feb 08
Well I don't really want to be the party pooper, but I have to say, I was so disappointed with this new theatre. It is clearly a compromise. A theatre, but actually more a venue. It will undoubtedly stage more "shows", bands etc, on its big wide and open stage than it will theatre. Dear ol' Uncle Vanya seemed lost on it, and I was in the centre of row AA. Now don't be fooled by this numbering there is a chasm between row AA and the stage. I was sitting, five rows back from an area designated as the pit, where younger types could sit on cushions and be uncomfortable between me and the stage. It was like sitting in an aircraft hanger. Not only was that bad enough but the five or so rows where I sat on the pit floor are not raked so we had all the disadvantages of an old West End theatre in what is meant to be a state of the art building - WHY FOR CHRIST SAKE!? The acoustics were reasonable but the reverberations from the stage made by the actors as they walked back and forth across it eventually began to irritate. I defy anyone to say they could get into a play in this venue. It destroys any contact between audience and actor. If you want my opinion of the performances, well it was too hard to gage them, save it to say Nicholas Le Provost, whom I usually relish seeing, did the usual bluster and not much else which is more the pity. I think I have said enough! In terms of the venue it is a great opportunity sadly missed. Structural changes are needed. Get rid of the pit and make it a thrust stage instead, and NOW! - rds
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