Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Woking Drama Festival - Tuesday 4th October

Thurrock Courts Players - Christmas Presence by David Hampshire.

A sick, absent father visits his daughter on Christmas Eve. She thinks he's coming home; but is he?

Sorry, but I'm afraid I found this play quite tiresome. Not the best material. Saw the 'twist' ending coming from too far off.

And the bloke playing the philandering father - a doctor who's been cheating on his wife for the past 30 years - sorry, but the casting wasn't right. He was just too camp!

And the annoying little girl. Only 3 lines to deliver and she nearly forgot 2 of them. Argh!

Nice setting though.

Runnymede Drama Group Youth Workshop - Interview by Jean-Claude van Italie.

This was much better. A very imaginitive piece about communication and dehumanization, ostensibly in 1960s America.

Well directed by Jane Walters with effective use of simple props (four door frames and four wooden blocks - all white).

A young cast who snapped into myriad characters quickly and effectively. Superb use of mime.

I'd pay to see this one again.

Salesian College Theatre Company - Romeo and Juliet Go To Essex by Vicki Grace.

Shakespeare's tale, translated to modern day "Essex" (supposedly).

Again - a duff one for me, I'm afraid. OK, many of the cast got into character alright. But as the characters were modern 'chav' types, I'm not 100% sure if it was that much of a stretch!

The author is only 17, so kudos to her for that. And the cast (and a big chunk of the audience) were having great fun. But the whole play was more suited to a revue or end-of-term concert than a drama festival.

Disclaimer: I'm not a professional theatre critic or a qualified drama adjudicator. I'm biased in favour of stuff that isn't dull. Sorry if my opinions offend you - it's nothing personal.

1 comment:

Delmonti said...

"He was just too camp!"

to be fair tho' Pete, he is a "theatrical" isnt he

PS:This is a good thread....