Friday, January 28, 2011

REVIEW: Midsummer: A Play with Songs (London)


Tricycle Theatre (London), Wednesday January 26


After a direct flight from Hong Kong to London, I went to see Midsummer (A Play with Songs) at the Tricycle Theatre. This Traverse Theatre Company production about two thirty-somethings doing what they know they shouldn't do was a bit too much for me. As the advertising said, "He's a failing car salesman on the fringes of the city's underworld and she's a high powered divorce lawyer with a taste for other people's husbands. She's out of his league and he's not her type at all. They absolutely should not sleep together. Ever. Ever. Which is why they do." This play by David Greig (also the director) and Gordon McIntyre (also the composer) is quite Edinburgh-centric... and that didn't help my jet-lag.

True to the title, this is more of a play, rather than a musical. The material can actually get away without having the songs, not that the songs were not good, they were just... songs... The play, on the other hand, was narrative in nature... Not exactly the form that one expects from a play... Aside from that, the theme, the story, the singing and the acting were quite good. The cast was composed of Cora Bissett (Helena) and Matthew Pidgeon (Bob), both were excellent, they were funny and believable.

Did I enjoy it? No. Would I recommend it? No. Would I see it again? Yes...it got very good reviews, maybe I was just too tired to enjoy it.

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Midsummer (a play with songs)
by David Greig & Gordon McIntyre
Presented by Traverse Theatre Company

Creative Team:
Director: David Greig
Composer: Gordon McIntyre
Designer: Georgia McGuinness
Lighting Designer: Claire Elliot

Cast:
Cora Bissett
Matthew Pidgeon

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