A View from the Bridge (Oxford)
A View from the Bridge is an intense and complex play and rarely have I seen such material handled with the sensitivity and maturity offered by this young all-student company. Becca Kinder’s direction shows a real understanding of the elements of the play and she is served extremely well by a fine cast. Barney White’s portrayal of Eddie is a compelling and multi-layered performance which one would expect of an actor of much greater years; this is a young actor who shows tremendous promise. Lauran Hyett and Marie Findlay, as Beatrice and Catherine respectively, provide equally convincing performances and manage to convey the age of their characters with subtlety and integrity.
Ed-Barr-Sim’s Alfieri is a very competent performance but is a little undermined by the youthful looks of the actor; Alfieri is in effect the greek chorus narrating this tragedy and should have a sense of world-weariness and experience which this actor was unfortunately unable to capture.
The cast as a whole did justice to Miller’s play and with the exception of a few lighting hitches and a couple of crowd scenes which require firmer direction, I thought that the production was excellent and the company should be congratulated on a compelling and deeply moving show.