Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Dressing to Kill in Cumbria: Silence by Maria Buffini at Jack Studio Theatre
It's always good to enter the familar portals of the Brockley Jack pub. It's nice to be greeted by name at the box office, too.
I didn't know what to make of this 'Dark-age dark comedy', which seemed overly ambitious in the sheer number of issues it tackled.
Shakespearean themes emerge in a play which starts with the enforced marriage of a French Princess to someone who doesn't even know that she's female. Thereafter it takes on a 'Tom Jones' flavour in a journey by cart through an England partly occupied by Vikings.
Maria Buffini was new to me, although she's won awards and was commisioned to write for the National Theatre.
Maybe stronger acting or a larger stage would have helped to realise the play's full potential. I'll certainly grab any chance to see future work by this author.
My review in on the Remotegoat website.