Review: After Miss Julie
In recent times, Retford Little Theatre has had a tendency
to put on productions of popular, often light-hearted plays. This is good. It appeals to wider audiences and puts bums
Once in a while, though, they put on something more challenging.
After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber is a version of Strindberg’s Miss Julie. A short play, it’s set in 1945 and,
on the face of it, explores some “Upstairs, Downstairs” relationships, but really there is a lot more going on.
As the curtains open, we were presented with a convincing post-war kitchen. The skills of the set builders have been commented on before, and this was no exception. It could
be argued that the opening sequence went on just a little
too long, but it did at least provide an opportunity to appreciate the detailed, less obvious features that had been built into the set, including running water and a functioning gas cooker.
That sequence also introduced us to Maxine Goldstone who, in the process of playing a cook, spent several periods throughout the play alone on stage with little
or no dialogue. For most actors this would be a challenge.
I understand this was her first major role so she did exceptionally well.
Not that the script tested only her. Adam Colclough as the chauffeur and valet, and Tracey Hartwell as the eponymous Miss Julie convincingly portray their intricate relationship, complete with sexual tension that does more than just simmer.
This is not a play for the faint-hearted. Shades of darkness
in several forms are present, particularly in the more dramatic second half.
Once again the Little Theatre has proved itself capable
of providing variety in its offerings. In many ways, an uncomfortable production to watch, it won’t appeal to the masses. But for those who appreciate strong performances and darker material, After Miss Julie ticks the boxes.
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|The After Hours Quintet
Sunday 23rd October 2016, 7:30pm
Resurrecting the songs, instruments and techniques of an otherwise forgotten era, with an irresistible sense of ease and exuberance; the washboard fidgeting, banjo rolling, horn howling collective of sizzling swingsters have been scorching audiences with their hot jazz on an international scale since 2013.
This event is in partnership with LIVE & LOCAL.
Tickets are £9.50 and you can pay on the door.
Frozen - Sing-Along Edition
Sunday 30th October 2016, 2:30pm
The Screen at RLT present Frozen - Sing-Along Edition, with a special offer for family tickets bought in advance.
The family ticket for four costs just £18.00 and are available by calling 07504 717931.
There's been a lot of interest for this event so don't leave it too late to buy yours!
Play Reading to Cast The Ladykillers
Monday 24th October 2016, 7:30pm
An audition/reading to cast The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan will take place in the theatre lounge on Monday 24th October.
The Ladykillers is a cracking farce needing six men (a full range of ages) and half a dozen senior ladies, four of whom are non-speaking guest appearances.
A number of scripts are available to borrow from the theatre Box Office.
Please call in, phone or email for a script or for further details.
Our Next Production
The Odd Couple - Female Version
by Neil Simon
18th to 26th November 2016, 7:30pm
Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version
of The Odd Couple. Instead of Oscar Madison's poker party that begins the original version, Florence Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The men may have changed to women, the hilarity, however, remains the same.
||Booking Tickets for The Odd Couple
Members: 6:00-8:00pm 11/11/2016 and
10:00am-12:00 noon 12/11/2016
Non-Members: 6:00-8:00pm 14/11/2016
to 26/11/2016 (not Sundays)
Box Office: 01777 702002