The Band features Take That music. I was not interested in buying tickets for it; because as a teenager Take That was my sister’s band; therefore on principle I could not like them.
The show is a nostalgic look back on the 90s. Before the show there is a screen showing teletext news stories from apparently 1993. For those, who do not know teletext; it was a predecessor for the internet that you accessed on the tv. It could be quite slow and clunky to operate and as the images below show it now looks quite dated.
The band are not refereed to as Take That in the show and could be any 90s boy or girl band like Boyzone or The Spice Girls. Anyone who was a teenager in the 90s especially if they were lucky enough to go to their first gig in the 90s will relate. The story looks at the perspective of 40 year old women looking back to going to the band gig. The story after the first gig contains twists and turns, surprises, disappointment, heartbreak; the full scope of the human journey.
The plot is central and the women not the band are the centre; it is a well developed plot that would hold up without the music therefore; even non Take That fans will enjoy. I like that the girls and subsequently the women were never skinny and pretty; the characters feel real. 30 and 40 somethings (especially women) will appreciate the 90s references like Top of the Pops and also the contrast to how differently life turns out than what you expect. Those younger than 30 may have seen the talent show on BBC 3 that found the actors that play the Band in the show.
My first gig was not a boy band; it was Oasis 20years ago; when I was 14.
However for my 18th; I went to and saw Robbie Williams who by that time had gone solo. Spoiler alert this show involved glittery ticker tape falling on to the stage. I think I may still have ticker tape from when I saw Robbie Williams. Unfortunately unlike, when I have seen other shows at Lyceum unless you were very near the front: ticker tape did not fall on the audience. But at times, there was the feel good feeling of gig and at the end practically the whole theatre was on their feet including myself. I was impressed and would have paid for the show. The show tours after Sheffield but is mostly sold out; with only a few if any tickets remaining.
How interesting that one audience sees a Mother kill her child whilst another sees the prospect of a Mother facing giving up her child; both under the Crucible theatre roof. Kith and Kin is in the Studio theatre untill 7th October and Desire under the Elms is in the main Crucible theatre untill 15th October.
Kith and Kin was my favourite of the two but that is unsurprising seen as I love Studio plays and Kith and Kin grabbed me first from the programme. In fact I purchased a ticket for Kith and Kin but, sought and acquired a free ticket for Desire under the Elms.
Kith and Kin would have had to be; very poor to not be the preferred.
Desire under Elms the first scenes, could have been cut whereas every second of Kith and Kin counted! The first scenes of Desire under Elms; were only scenes that featured the eldest sons. The scenes were difficult to follow as heavily dialected. The play cane alive when the new Mother appeared on stage. Whilst saying the first scenes, could have been cut the play did not feel long even though just shy of 2 and half hours long as it was an entertaining watch.
Not sure how much mystery I have maintained as to which Morhet killed their baby in a dramatic twist.
Kith and Kin was another excellent play in the intimate Crucible studio for me. It is a shame it was less than half full. Perhapas the run has been too long? It has been on since 15th September and continues untill 7th October. Tickets are less than £20 and I highly recommend.
Sterling acting including one actress convincing playing two very different roles.
It centres around a homosexual couple’s surrogacy journey . There are three vastly different but equally intense acts. The plot covering the three acts has plenty of twist turns. Despite the intensity; at least in the first two acts if not the last, there are laughs along the way whilst addressing; legal and ethical issues surrounding surrogacy, family relationships, abuse within families, progression of rights to civil partnerships and later marriage to homosexuals within a 30something’s life, domestic violence within heterosexual relationships and qualifications to be a parent. Thought provoking whether a parent or not.
A play reflecting today’s world, where so many young adults find themselves living with parents. In adult bodies but with childhood resentments simmering.
The four adults are a make born deaf to parents who took the option not to learn to sign or to teach him. His brother who has a broken relationship and is contending with psycophernia and a stammer. His sister who also feels lost in the world, single. His girlfriend born to deaf parents, who is now losing hearing. The girlfriend talks about in deaf community how, no one understands what like to lose hearing as they have never had hearing.
The parents also featuring adding to colour of family life and provoking thoughts. Fantastic complex characters, not necessarily fully likeable. Play made time pass quickly.
With farces such as this, you have to go being prepared to suspend disbelief… like why would someone stand there with trousers round ankles, how can they not see something right in front of them etc… I would prefer something more realistic. I have seen worse! Some farces you could if right disposition or in right mood, get really into. I do think this is one could get really into!
The comedy capers are set in a hotel and revolve around a junior Tory minster. There are references to May and Corbyn; not quite topical given shifting nature of English politics at the moment but still enough to raise smiles and laughs including from me.
Enjoyed central character; The junior minster. ‘Barry from Eastenders’ had a major part which he was competent at. Found Corboyn’s secretary a little annoying at points. Star performance perhapas goes to the actor playing dead on stage for ages; impressive understated acting!
Overall, not a must see but pleasant for light entertainment.
A very clever play, centered around a meal for a Mother’s birthday with her husband and their two adult sons, respective wife and girlfriend. Later in the play there are scenes in the same restaurant from one of the son’s developing relationship before the birthday meal and in contrast the other son’s disintegrating marriage after the birthday meal. Lots of drama, tension, suspense and fantastic storytelling from Alan Ackyborne; I also really enjoyed his play Relatively Speaking.
As ever the studio; set out for this play as a round, provided an intimate venue. I was practically on the stage. There was clever use of lights over three tables to highlight the table where current scene was being played.
An amateur company but, very professional performance of a fabulous play.