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The Price

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich The Price Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 24 July 2010 Life is full of choices that come with a price. This is the thread of Arthur Miller’s rarely performed study of two brothers attempting to settle the chattels of their late father’s life and their own troubled relationship. *A gifted writer but controversial man, with his outward humanitarian enthusiasm, his three marriages, including to Marilyn Monroe and his institutionalising/neglecting his Down’s syndrome son till just before he died,* Miller wrote this play as a powerful and emotional journey through how people react, what they know and how they deal with others. The brothers – one, almost-retired cop, short of cash and indecisive (handled sensitively by Richard Mann); second, older, successful yet flawed, (a masterful interpretation by the always worth watching, … Read entire article »

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Dangerous Corner (2)

Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich Dangerous Corner Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 17th July 2010 “What a cosy little group we are…” is how we meet the close-knit, smug circle in the 1930s drawing room who are about to undergo a dissecting exercise of their lives. It’s J B Priestley’s first “time” play. If radio music had come on as intended earlier, then the characters would not have found that a cigarette-box opened up like a mini-Pandora’s Box, a sequence of memories, lies and betrayals. It’s a device much copied on film and stage since. This is the final offering of the season by the accomplished Sewell Barn company, directed perfectly by Nigel Coates in the tight, intimate space. A cracking cast maintain pace, accents and sense of period, bringing the piece alive, although … Read entire article »

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