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.
|Play Readings to Cast After Miss Julie
Retford Little Theatre Lounge
Monday 1st and Thursday 4th August 2016 at 7:30pm
The characters are:
- Miss Julie, 20s appearance, daughter of the owner
of the house, who is an M.P.
- Christine, 30s appearance, cook to the house.
- John, 30s appearance, valet.chuffeur to the M.P.
The play is set very precisely in July 1945 and takes place in the basement kitchen of a large country house outside London.
If anyone is interested in being involved in the production, which runs from 30th September to 8th October, please
come along to one of the readings above. Alternatively, contact Ian Mather on 01777 702591 or 07850 118749.
Rehearsals will start in mid August, and scripts are available prior to the readings from the Box Office or Ian Mather.
2016-2017 Season Brochure
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