"When working with Postcard Theatre, there is a huge importance put on the attention to detail. From in-depth character development, to roaming round  forrests collecting moss for the stage tree stumps. I develop so much when working with them" -

Anna-Louise Gregson, Actor, When The Rich Wage War, It's The Poor Who Die

REVIEW: When The Rich Wage War, It's The Poor Who Die

Source: 'Theatre Reviewer North West' Blog

 

“When The Rich Wage War, It’s The Poor Who Die”

Korova Arts Centre- Wednesday 21st May 2014

 

This was an evening of a trilogy of plays all linked together by the theme of fate and destiny. Collated and directed by John-Mark Reid, this collection of plays were well assembled.

 

Firstly, as I walked in it was a delight to see the small venue so well turned out, and a sizeable audience gathered to support this new work. It’s both exciting and refreshing to know that the support is there for up and coming local talent.

 

But back to the performance… The first of the 3 plays was “Grapeshot”, by Derek Martin. An average woman finds herself pivotal to a suicide bombing terrorist plot. The play was beautifully written with pace and substance, and it held me on the edge of my seat throughout. A wonderful and brave opening set the scene as we saw the characters suspended in thought to a fitting over score, that forced the audience in to feeling the discomfort that was the driving force for this piece. A brave move, executed almost perfectly. The piece had pace and energy and was held together by the grounded and sensitive performance of Anna-Louise Gregson. Projection could have been a slight issue, but the small space was forgiving. A great production and my favourite segment of the trio.

 

The action moved straight in to the second instalment, “5.56pm” by Andre Reid, a monologue performed by Daniel Cunningham. The piece was reflective of the day the character died and reminiscent of the song “The Day I Died” by Just Jack. This young actor did well and held my attention for the most part. Perhaps an older actor would have been more fitting for the part. A bold statement in the direction of the piece to have just a man on a stool, maybe I’d have liked a little more, but can’t help but feel this would have changed the style and detracted from its form.

 

Finally, after a shot interval and reset, we were welcomed by our final piece, “Heroes” by Marie Nelson. This was a comedy and provided an uplift for the end of the evening. An interesting piece about a Medieval Knight, a Wizard and his unromantic “Robin Hood”-esque fiancée. The dialogue was certainly very funny and delivered well. A well cast piece, good direction and overall very enjoyable. Although, it seemed to peak to early, the latter third of the piece seemed to be lacking in the wonderful humour it had excelled in earlier on, which lost the pace a bit, despite the performers best efforts. Still, very enjoyable- and equally as poignant as the earlier counterparts.

 

Overall, this was a good collection of plays that worked together nicely. Some great, clear and bold choices made that I think pulled off. My only real criticisms were a potential problem with vocal projection, some slight miscasting and mostly – that it didn’t go on long enough!!

 

I give this piece 4.5/5 stars and look forward to seeing more of this emerging director's projects.

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