Lovely view from back there, but if you can take the legroom, I'd go stalls for this show. I often sit on the end of B - the stage is usually high enough to see round. Only problem I ever had was a girl with her hair up that blocked the whole stage.
Booked B1 stalls. Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.
Post by juicy_but_terribly_drab on Dec 24, 2019 16:44:38 GMT
On the train home frome seeing this and I'm very glad I did and on Christmas Eve as well. Really tightly written, well-acted and pertinent show. The 40 minute monologue didn't feel anywhere close to that (although I did think as a device it was somewhat clunky, especially since the second act was so naturalistic but it was still an impressive piece of acting!).
Edit: Almost forgot. The only annoyance was that the box office was closed afterwards so I wasn't able to buy a programme. Seems silly that they don't sell them behind the bar as well - let me give you my money! Now I'll have to go back another day which thankfully isn't a big deal because I live close by but it's still annoying. I get that it's Christmas Eve so the staff I guess got out early but if the bar's still open and serving then I don't see why they can't sell it to me (maybe they're not under the same management or something but it's still a nuisance).
Saw this this evening and left quite bemused. I couldn't help but roll my eyes with the constant discussions around Brexit, political correctness etc but I also couldn't help but be intrigued by the different perspectives of the characters. Act I seemed to be the strongest with the audience consistently laughing, gasping and engaging with the monologue. Act II and III were good too but I felt like many of the issues discussed felt dulled by the current political climate. Of course I understand this is supposed to feel timely but the specifics of Brexit, Boris Johnson, "Snowflake culture", it also kind of dates the piece. I can't imagine what a revival of this would look like.
Saw this last Saturday night. Certainly I thought Elliot Levey’s monologue was the definite highlight of the piece with plenty of humour. Though I’ll admit as I’m not local to Kilburn area so the local references written in the script really didn’t land with me but didn’t really impact on me enjoying the monologue overall. Post interval, with the introduction of Amber James, the generational differences on the discussion on Brexit I thought was well written and acted by all the cast. An interesting watch that kept me engaged for the 2hrs.
As my first time at the Kiln theatre, I was very impressed with the set up. My seat in the auditorium (stalls B1) was a great view and I would definitely sit here again in any future visits,
The interval killed this for me. I thought the monologue was entertaining enough as a preamble, but when it all ground to a halt for the break I felt it fatally lost the little momentum it had. I enjoyed the second act and thought it raised some interesting issues but I really wish this had been done straight through. If I hadn't been interested in what Mike Bartlett had to say I'd have made a run for it at the interval.
Judging from the Kiln website the script has been tweaked - the original was set in Oxford and had some very specific local references, the revival is set in Kilburn.
It is still set in Oxford - the girl is from Kilburn is all.
Saw it from B1 this afternoon. They have now off-set that row, which helped a lot. Low stage doesn't help, though.
Excellent set, and I enjoyed the play a lot. Will blog it at some point, but main feeling was that it wasn't much about Brexit and more about how we equip young people today to deal with argument and confrontation.
Yes I think the play was more about learning how to be kinder when we interact with others. It seems that older generations are brought up so averse to open communication and told to just toughen up in the face of so-called banter but I feel that causes underlying self esteem and anxiety issues that people don't realise. I definitely related to the daughter's story of how she cried when she tried to make an argument because I find myself getting easily emotional in those kind of situations but really it's just because you know you'll be met with sarcasm or casual unkindness masked as jokes or aloofness to actually valid points. I find people are just so unnecessarily cruel to each other in the name of so-called humour but I feel it's actually just a mask or coping mechanism to avoid intimacy and proper conversation and this play expressed these thoughts and feelings that I sometimes wondered whether only I had been feeling them.
Also speaking of the set, I was really amazed at how convincing of a community/church/school hall they created because the walls don't normally look like that right?! It looked so real that I honestly can't remember what it usually looks like so I wasn't sure if they had gone to an amazing amount of effort or if the theatre just actually looks that way haha.
Post by Cardinal Pirelli on Jan 16, 2020 12:43:39 GMT
I had an issue with the structure, the first half being given solely to the father I presume was supposed to make him sympathetic but, to me, he came across as a boring, self interested, myopic character and, if I didn’t know the second half would be different, I might well have bailed out at the interval. Monologues can be great theatre but it was too limited in scope and momentum for me. I agree with the point above that it would play better without the interval.
The second half was much more interesting, however, where he got taken to task and the two generations were both given their say. Neither character was perfect but there was an interesting battle of ideas that made it possible to agree and disagree with both.
I saw this on my recent trip to London. I basically went because I have enjoyed other Bartlett plays. I bought the script so must read it when I get a chance.
I liked it but – I got the feeling that the audience was supposed to be more sympathetic to the younger characters, the alleged ‘snowflakes’, and I am not sure that I was.
I am in my early 40s and increasingly I just wanted the young girls to shut up being so annoying and self-centred. I didn't necessarily agree with the father's approach and the way he dealt with stuff but he had been through a lot of stuff too and I found myself siding more with (some of) his arguments than theirs. It felt like he had been badly treated by her too. Probably says more about me at this age than other audience members though
Post by Cardinal Pirelli on Jan 17, 2020 16:43:29 GMT
I’m mid fifties, I thought they were both equally right and wrong (I work with students so maybe that gives me a wider previous experience of the arguments).
The sad thing is how, in the wider view, this country has become so divided by age. Frankly, I see more in the young’s point of view of their future being stolen than my generation’s ‘don’t blame me’ attitude. The nation is in a very dangerous place, the election voting figures by age are just shocking.