Lyttelton Theatre, National
(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 6th October 2010|
|Booking Until:||Wednesday, 27th October 2010|
The set was excellent as was the acting. The first half was too long and at times boringly dwelt on detail - which was neither funny nor entertaining.
The dialogue was difficult to understand-even for a Glaswegian - but rich and strong and emotive.
I think it would improve with editing.
Sharon Small was very watchable and convincing.
I was also born in the area that the play depicted, in the fifties. I attended the first night with my 23 yr old daughter, I was looking forward to her being able to see an interpertation of what living in a tenement was like, the strength and humour that the people had to survive such bleak times, which I often speak about. I share my views with JGC - thank you for explaining it so eloquentley. I believe in artistic licence - it went beyond that for me, I never knew anyone who lived in a two bedroom tenament and had a living/kitchen/sleeping area that you could park a double decker bus on! The rooms were so small you would need a shoe horn at times to allow people to visit! We left at the interval - being frequent theatre goers it was the first time we have 'walked'before the end of a production.
I was born not far from the scene of this play in the year it was written. I had read the accolade of being voted one of the best plays etc so attended the preview with anticipation. There were some good performances and the second half was better. However I have to confess I was disappointed. I found the characters stereo-typed and the script lacking in insight and at times boring. Poverty is tough and humiliating and potentially destructive. I knew that before I went. Maybe had the culture and the period of history been less familiar I might have found it more refreshing.
Please enter your email address.