Loved this and disagree that it's not a relevant topic - there's so much focus on the quality, trustworthiness and influence of the media now that it seems really relevant to look at where and how a genuine sea-change happened. But even without that it's a great bit of story-telling and well-worth seeing (and I had no idea about the big crime - astonished that it doesn't get referred to more)
Like others, I wonder whether the Murdoch role got cut in rehearsal, otherwise I don't see why Bertie Carvel would have been attracted to what is basically a walk-on character part. It doesn't give any insight at all into Murdoch's character or motivations, which is the play's one big failing for me. Otherwise some great staging, some good jokes and a fair bit of drama and darkness - pretty much my ideal night out!
Post by theatremonkey.com on Aug 3, 2017 10:43:40 GMT
Motivations, I agree abby, beyond a desire to introduce profitable Australian working practises into England. Character, I'm inclined to disagree, particularly in the second half where we learn his ideas on friendship, his morals on
Motivations, I agree abby, beyond a desire to introduce profitable Australian working practises into England. Character, I'm inclined to disagree, particularly in the second half where we learn his ideas on friendship etc. It was subtle, but there, I felt.
Yep, good point - that was well done. Would have liked to have seen more of that - I left feeling I didn't have much of a handle on Murdoch - but maybe that's an accurate portrayal.
I think Murdoch lurking in the background and only coming out at key moments worked for me. To me, Ink is less about Murdoch and more about Larry Lamb's desire to beat the Daily Mirror and it came at a cost.
Excellent play, excellent set, excellent performances. I love how the first act had great pace leading up to a climactic moment just before the interval (a bit like a musical) and then a slower paced, more nuanced second act.
Saw this with OH yesterday; for me it was very accessible and entertaining but OH, who knows more about the background, said he would have preferred a more serious treatment (i.e. without the singing, dancing and one-liners). However, given the success of this version, I doubt we'll ever see the other type.