Dark Days and Lighter Days
First I must make two caveats:
1. Although I am a Daily Info reviewer, this review is not on behalf of D Info.
2. I was compere for the plays and am heavily involved with Almost Random Theatre so my review is somewhat biased…but I will try to be objective.
This review covers the first two nights – Dark Days and Lighter Days.
Over two nights over 14 different plays were performed. Several of them had never been performed before. In addition there were several improvisations, a song, some monologues and the reading/acting of a short story. Over fourteen different actors were used.
Plus there were free refreshments provided by the sponsors Nut Butter Punch.
The theatre was only formed a few weeks ago and receives NO government funding..
The evenings were scheduled to be two hours but on both occasions the actual performances lasted for three hours –a real bonus. The main reason was the success of the improvisations.
The programme gives full details of the actors and writers plus a link to the website.
In other words everything seemed very well organised – and credit for that must go to Heather Dunmore, veteran organiser of the Oxford Fringe. The entrance fee (£6, £5 concessions) is also very low.
The plays vary from being ultra serious (murder, paedophilia, bequeathing money after death) to comedy (Dementia, Letter to MP, Would that it Were.)
The order of the programme is that a serious play is followed by comedy – this keeps us all alert. The acting is first class – considering there are few props and no set design. (The venue is Friends Meeting House)
At the end writers and actors all take bows – good to see.
Should people go? Well the next performance is Port Mahon which, though smaller, has more facilities for lighting and music. Given the wide variety of types of plays etc then anyone and everyone who loves theatre should certainly attend – but be prepared for audience participation! (Plus any profits go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.)