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Theatre review: The 14th Tale 
10th-Feb-2010 08:10 pm
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Back early from the theatre tonight - the National are using the same approach with this show as with EGBDF, i.e. where they have a short running time, doing two performances per night and cutting ticket prices, so I went to the 6pm one for Inua Ellams' The 14th Tale. An artist and poet, turned performer with the help of director Thierry Lawson, Ellams tells the story of his childhood and teens, first in Nigeria, then at the age of 12 moving to London when his father gets a promotion, and later to Dublin, then back to London. The common thread throughout is his ability to get into mischief, and he frames the story with himself succeeding his father and grandfather as a sort of Lord of Misrule, Anansi figure. As a writer Ellams has an amusing turn of phrase, with the blank verse throwing in bits of rhyme at just the right moments for them to have effect. As a performer he's charming and lively, although he takes a while to get into his stride - the show originated at BAC and it feels like it'd be more suited to somewhere more intimate than the Cottesloe. There's nothing earth-shattering here but it's an enjoyable enough 55 minutes; I can't see it being on anyone's must-see list but it's not a miss either.

The 14th Tale by Inua Ellams is booking until the 13th of March at the National Theatre's Cottesloe.
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10th-Feb-2010 09:50 pm (UTC) - 14th Tale
Katharine was telling me about the 14th Tale today as she's working on it!Said it's good but as she doesn't do much she sometimes struggles to stay awake during rehearsals!xxx
10th-Feb-2010 10:28 pm (UTC) - Re: 14th Tale
At least she should be OK for the actual show, it's only 55 minutes so if she gets drowsy she can have a coffee between shows!

Is she doing Really Old, Like 45 too? That's in the same theatre, I'm going to that in a couple of weeks' time.
13th-Feb-2010 10:29 pm (UTC) - Re: 14th Tale
Yup, Katharine is doing that too but says she spends most of her time backstage.
Says we should get you your own seat since you spend so much time there!
xxxxxx
14th-Feb-2010 12:01 pm (UTC) - Re: 14th Tale
Well I've got a membership so I can book tickets in advance, it feels like a waste if I don't go to everything! And most of the shows are good.
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