Park examines the existence of a working-class Liverpool family, the
traditions and prejudices that form the dynamics of the relationship,
set within the context of the socio-political climate.
a stalwart cast embracing the talents of Pauline Daniels (as Betty),
Michael Starke (Syd), Neil Caple (Tommy), Andrew Schofield (Ted),
Joanna Munro (Reeny) and Sophie Stanton (Vera), Willy Russell's
play is brought to life.
the midst of Yuletide festivities, issues surrounding class-consciousness,
snobbery, materialism, sibling rivalry, matriarchy and "civilised"
middle-class culture are explored.
to Educating Rita, Breezeblock Park portrays the constraints imposed
on individuals by class identity and tradition, the suppression
of ambition and the younger generation's desire to challenge orthodoxy.
slight modifications to the original script, the production encapsulates
Russell's attentiveness to his own surroundings. Exploring cultural
and philosophical questions in an intense yet comical manner, Breezeblock
Park had the Playhouse audience in fits of raucous laughter.
by pertinent costumes and set, the performance of the 1975 production
achieved an excellent recreation of the era. However, with the entirety
of the play taking place essentially in the living rooms of two
council houses, the strength of the performance centres around the
awesome interplay between characters.
brilliant Scouse accents and amusing facial expressions and gestures,
the comedy captures the sadness of family life.
Park is at the Liverpool Playhouse between 11th December 2003 and
10th January 2004 at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £16, with concessions
£6, are available from the Box Office on 0151 709 4776.