P. G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster are given a renewed lease on life by The Goodale Brothers in Perfect Nonsense, fresh from its run on London’s West End.
Alice Power’s delight-filled set design, and the introduction of each element of the design as it comes into play, provides an excellent accompaniment to Sean Foley’s marvellous comic direction, delivered with exquisite choreography by John Gordon Sinclair, James Lance and Robert Goodale. Yes, that is one of the aforementioned Goodale brothers! All three actors are each superb in their physicality and characterisation.
The Hypochondriac, by Richard Bean, is a new translation of Molière’s Le malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), and co-directed by Lindsay Posner and Lisa Blair.
A highly animated play, Posner and Blair’s direction brings a multitude of fascinating characterisations to make the most of these age-old stories and bawdy universal tales: the need for attention; unrequited love; enforced marriage; being wedded for money… and so on and so forth.
“It’s a strange kind of healing that I do, getting men well enough to go back to a place where such vile things can happen to them. The ambiguity of my job.”
Nicholas Wright’s stage adaptation of Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy, directed by Simon Godwin, is a production to be admired. The Touring Consortium Theatre Company produce a brilliant impassioned drama about the Great War, focussing on the psychological effects of those having been injured on the front-line.
“Now you’re the only case I’ve got, and the most difficult.”
John Mortimer’s play The Dock Brief has character. That is to say, this two-man two-act play shows off a script with character in its composition; the dialogue and interaction between a failing barrister and his initially indifferent defendant.
“Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St. Clement’s.”
In this new adaptation of 1984 created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, Headlong’s innovative production is a revelation to its audience in showing the relevance of George Orwell’s novel even six decades after it was first published.
Stroud Theatre Company’s production of Wallflowering by Peta Murray is a play with strong character in both story and in the two individuals that expose their contrasting personalities to the audience. Chris Garner and Susie Donkin portray a couple unsure how to keep their relationship functioning, as their marriage is not as happy as either of them might think.