Review: I Want That Hair
The action of the latest RLT production I Want That Hair takes place in a run-down northern hair salon and explores the lives and relationships of Bex, the 'fat and forty', underachieving Salon owner and Heidi, her salt-of-the-earth, good-for-a-laugh employee.
These roles were a massive undertaking for Bridget Sly and Lizzie Brookes who play our leading ladies as not only are there an immense amount of lines, but also a need to get the fluidity and pace of the characters' exchanges just right.
I am glad to say that for me, they both met this challenge and at times it seemed effortless.
Both Bridget and Lizzie had great comic timing and had the audience laughing literally from start to finish.
They complimented each other well as they portrayed the stark differences between these two women; Bex the university graduate with unfulfilled dreams and regular, but unsatisfactory home life against Heidi, who lives in the moment and if something aint right, she changes it without much thought for the future.
As well as the comedy, there were some equally touching and fiery moments too as the play went on and we discovered the deeper depths of these characters.
The clients, played by Zoe-Leigh Sly and Drew Smith, added an interesting element to the piece; although they didn’t have lines, their very presence made the salon itself seem more realistic and seemed to enhance Bex’s feeling of being stuck in a rut, as the same customers kept reappearing.
Zoe-Leigh's crazy hair at the end of the play was a great finish!
I must also congratulate the producer, Sarah Mullins, for her attention to detail in the set, music choices and natural staging.
The feel of the salon really came across, with use of real salon props. Well done too to the construction team for expertly creating a fantastic set.
The music helped the short, snappy scenes flow from one to the other seamlessly and the song choices were very apt.
Overall, a laugh out loud comedy with endearing characters, expertly performed and directed. Well done.
|Our Next Production
After Miss Julie
by Patrick Marber
30th September to 8th October 2016, 7:30pm
Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie is not a translation of Strindberg's
classic Miss Julie but a version of it, moving the action from the original 19th-century Sweden to the England of 1945. Class suspicions and resentments, the erotic collusion of antagonists, the struggle against repressive social mores - all feature in this sharp, tense drama which combines Strindberg's original vision with Patrick Marber's own consummate skill in drawing believable and psychologically astute characters whose every word has point and deadly meaning.
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Members: 6:00-8:00pm 23/09/2016 and
10:00am-12:00 noon 24/09/2016
Non-Members: 6:00-8:00pm 26/09/2016
to 08/10/2016 (not Sundays)
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