A love story set in an old people's home with contemporary music sung onstage by a community choir - just the sort of intriguing, original and quirky idea we've come to expect from the Lyric's David Farr and his Icelandic chum Gisli Orn Gardarsson.
Unfortuantley on this occasion, it doesn't really work. The story is slight and the characters don't develop anywhere near enough for a proper play and the music is mostly snatches to include appropriate lyrics that sometimes make you smirk and sometimes make you squirm. Hidden away there are some good points made about how we ignore, patronise and unecessarily restrict the old, but not enough meat I'm afraid. In the end it left me depressed, planning how I ensure I never end up in such an institution! - Gareth James
20 Jun 08
What is theatre about if not to suspend disbelief? This charming, heart warming, heart breaking "musical" is a triumph. I have seen hundreds of productions over the past few years and this one has touched me more than many highly polished, super staged NT, RSC, West-End or Broadway shows. Julian Curry and Anna Calder-Marshall are wonderful together and in particular in their "escape" scene where they become a kind of geriatric Laura and Alec from Brief Encounter. Congratulations must go to David Farr for having the sheer audacity to put this part pro part amateur production on. It deserves to get a West-End run - so come on Mr Producers take a punt on it. It will need some polishing, but as one of the few shows that has really touched me this past twelve months I think it's worth it. - rds
07 Jun 08
I didn't think this was totally disastrous but I'm glad I went on a £9 night as the whole event has a very amateur feel to it. The singing is not great, the story isn't well thought through but it has two things going for it - its pleasantly twee and its better than Gone With The Wind! - Martin B
04 Jun 08
I probably shouldn't have seen it on the second night (but, hey, it was a Lyric '£9 night'), but still, I was hoping for something more polished. I couldn't quite believe that Margaret and Neville are 78 and 80 respectively, or in the over-night blossoming of their romance. The songs - while (fairly) well sung - sometimes ruin the scenes and set your teeth on edge, with the exception of the final, poignant scene, which moved some audience members to tears, judging by the sniffles coming from the Stalls. On the positive side, I loved the 'Three Sisters' skit and the (thankfully) brief moment with Neville and a bunch of flowers. If you go to see it, you'll know what I mean... but those moments don't quite rescue the show which comes hard on the heels of the unspeakably awful 'Contains Violence'. Andrew B - Andrew B
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