Review Round-up: Praise for Court Comedy Jumpy
Tamsin Greig is Hilary, a 50-year-old wife and mother who once protested in Greenham. Now, she finds herself in protest with her promiscuous teenage daughter and shop-owner husband.
"April De Angelis is a fine playwright who’s owed us a really good new play for some time. Despite a knockout performance by Tamsin Greig as her 50 year-old, crisis-ridden heroine, Hilary, I’m a bit jittery about declaring Jumpy that play. Yet another 'frank and funny family drama' feels like something belonging in the upstairs studio ... In Nina Raine’s attentive and well organised production, the mother and daughter stand-off is like an over-italicised version of what’s going on in Mike Leigh’s Grief at the National ... Lizzie Clachan’s sleek grey design of a Walthamstow household transforms cleverly into a Norfolk weekend coastal retreat where Frances, somewhat gratuitously, tries out her provocative new burlesque routine and seeks feedback when her balloon bursts. Hilary has a second act fling with an older boy ... which bumps us along to a nearly happy conciliatory ending which I liked; but why does the final bedroom scene in Walthamstow suddenly happen by the sea? It seems a bit late to make poetry of such a literal-minded, deliberately low-level and brutish comedy."
- Natalie Generalovich