"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
YES AND NO
Theatre at New Park
tiny unregarded gem from the complete works of Graham Greene,
immaculately performed in a small room, the last date
of its pop-up run which
has also included the public library and Pallant House.
shows, in twenty minutes, the rehearsal process, with an old-school
director and a naive
young actor. His interpretation in
a new play – new for 1981 – is giving
cause for concern. His co-stars are Dear Johnnie and Dear Ralph, whom
I remember as a lovely double-act back in the 70s. In
this play – by Frederick Privett, famous for his pauses – he
briefly attracts the attentions of Cruickshank/Sir John, between the
window cleaner and the French acrobat. His lines are restricted to
the monosyllables of the title. Cleverly, this is true of Greene's
drama also …
performances from Steve Wallace – panama hat, hip flask – as the
director [a mammoth of a role, despite the brevity of the piece] and
Matthew Hughes-Short as the keen but bemused actor.
unexpected treat – free of charge, too – part of the Festival of