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Theatre review: 8 Women 
18th-Mar-2011 11:06 pm
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DISCLAIMER: This may or may not have been a preview. Or it might have been press night. The programme says this was the first performance but the website tells me it started earlier this week. So who knows. It might just have been "bloggers' night" as at least one other theatre blogger had been invited to attend. Not me though, I was there as a paying customer. This slight won't affect my review of course - I didn't find out about Ian being there as a guest until the interval, and by that point I'd already decided I didn't like it.

8 Women is a French comedy thriller, the titular females all being suspects in a murder at a snowed-in country house at Christmas. There's a couple of insurmountable problems in this production of Robert Thomas' play, and one is Donald Sturrock's pedestrian translation which hardly flows from the actresses' mouths. The other is the bizarre set design by Anna Bliss Scully, which puts three doors at the back of the seating, meaning a couple of important scenes happen where the audience can't see or sometimes hear them. Needing this space at the back also means there's less room for the stage which, the room having been configured widthways, means there's a long, narrow strip of performance area. I suppose it's some kind of achievement to get bad sightlines in a theatre as small-yet-flexible as Southwark Playhouse. Elgiva Field's production aims for the heightened feel that I would imagine the film version to have (though I haven't seen it.) This kind of thing can be risky - done well it can make for ridiculous fun but here it goes the other way into ham. I guess the performances might settle down a bit (one way or the other this is early in the run and the actresses frequently seemed unsure of their cues.) One thing I did love was the story's blacker-than-black punchline, although everyone sitting near me seemed outraged by it.

8 Women by Robert Thomas, translated by Donald Sturrock is booking until the 9th of April at Southwark Playhouse.
Comments 
19th-Mar-2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Oh, boo. I'm going next week. WELL, I shall see and report back!
19th-Mar-2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
To be fair Ian seemed to really enjoy it and tweeted as much later, so if you agree with him rather than me you should be fine.
20th-Mar-2011 08:32 am (UTC)
I walked pastt he Southwark Playhouse last night and saw the poster. I am a fan of the film. So I am tempted to go and see it.
20th-Mar-2011 11:21 am (UTC)
Well the other blogger there was a fan of the film and he enjoyed the play so you might too...
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