when the Vikings used to raid our shores and carry away our women
and children to a life of slavery? No, you won't but you know it
happened. Well last night there were points when I found myself
yearning after those hazy days.
be frank having the door kicked in and being carried away by a burly
brute to forcibly row his boat would have been preferable to enduring
parts of this play.
in general it wasn't great but nor was it all bad. No one involved
should give up life in the theatre there were just times when it
remember that this performance was part of the Oxford New Writing
Festival and was quite probably the first play Oxford Student Corinne
Furness had written. So experimentation and "risk" should
always have been a key ingredient in the performance.
bits of it came together nicely. What had been insightfully observed
was that when people talk they often don't finish a sentence, they
chop and skip between subjects and rely heavily on communal knowledge
which the audience must then infer.
the best example of this watch Spinal tap, it's all scripted but
sounds like it's been improvised - pure genius.
trouble with Some Sort Of Beautiful was the technique was used to
such extreme effect that much of the play seemed garbled, stilted
and confusing. In trying to make realistic conversation the opening
scenes plod awkwardly while the audience were left piecing things
gets meaty and involved in the middle and Harry played by Pete Munro
gets to grips with each of the cast in turn. This allowed them individually
to demonstrate a particular flare. Sadly after that the dynamics
unwind towards an utterly pointless and unfulfilling end.
just completed my first play I feel bad about say all this but I
realise that without these opening gambits you don't have an arena
to make the mistakes that hone later pieces so I tip my cap to the
cast for a good effort and look forward to the next outing which
I'm sure will be a big leap forward.