King’s Theatre – Run Ended “I wish they’d killed you in a decent show.” Thus ends “To Any Dead Officer,” a poem by the famous British World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon. In Regeneration, writer Pat Barker depicts Sassoon’s time in the Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh, where the army sends him after a denunciation […]
What can be epitomized as a truly unique experience, Bedlam’s 2014 Fresher’s Play is a wickedly wanton life-force of its own.
The latest offering from the Lyceum Theatre is not for the fainthearted. Packed with violence, blood, and offensive language, Kill Johnny Glendenning contains elements that can make even the most hard-core gangster fans jump in their seats. Understandably, this play isn’t for everyone – a point proven by the appearance of several empty seats after the first act.
While Blabbermouth may not have been successful in focusing exclusively on cultural nationalism, it did achieve an expression of the undeniable force that is Scottish pride, felt not just by the performers, but also by the audience.
Overall, the show lacked the charm, subtlety and wow-factor that came with music from this period; not so much a vivid recreation of a bygone age as a nostalgia show for the elderly, though the moments of true musicality from the singers and Lorna Luft meant that it was still an entertaining spectacle.
Whilst succeeding as a performance for all ages and as a compelling rendition of the fairytale, unfortunately it was the dancing itself which let the production down, leaving it just short of enchanting.
Does the theatre community of Scotland benefit from the Union?