REVIEW: Harold Pinter’s ‘The Room’ (JustTalk Theatre Company)

I had the great pleasure of be invited to attend and review a performance of JustTalk Theatre Company‘s production of The Room (one of Harold Pinter’s earlier works) at Joshua Brooks in Manchester, and raising funds for The Alzheimer’s Society.

I will admit to never having heard of this play before and I was very intrigued to up my game a little in this regard. I did leave the performance feeling incredibly confused, though I was relieved at the end to discover that even the production team and cast felt the same!!

IMG_2197-3The beauty of this, I now know, is that it is so much open to interpretation and different stagings. It’s a play that you can have a lot of freedom with and in the Q&A afterwards, we learnt that characters were able to have back-stories created for them quite liberally and that once they were able to see that they could approach this from an Alzheimer’s perspective everything else “clicked” (I’ve also read online some productions linking it with the idea of death – showing how versatile this material is).

In truth this does make it a little harder to “review” as everyone will take a different message from it.

What I can review, however, was the fantastic cast including Lucy Ross-Elliot who shows great stamina in the lead role as Rose (and who doesn’t get a second off stage, bless her!), Nick Pearse as Mr Kidd and (perhaps strangely) my favourite character Bert Hudd, played by Ethan Martin.

Produced by Catt Belcher and directed by Kezi12055273_10153600897275040_874599838_o-1 Gardom, I found the staging and environment to be very appropriate – the audience surrounding Rose in the darkness outside as if we were watching her – which could link to the idea of paranoia too.

Last night, I did wonder why the stage wasn’t used and the production was in the round but thinking about what I’ve written above (which could, of course, be absolute rubbish – I admit!) but other than that, it was hard to watch, but in all the right ways – nothing jarred and there was a great turnout for what I now understand is one of Pinter’s greatest “debate plays”.

The crazy idea of a fairer society


Not by me, but I think this is very well written and worth a share!

Originally posted on sturdyblog:

A friend chose yesterday of all days, to bait me about Corbyn being a dangerous socialist and Thatcher’s “you always run out of people’s money”. This was my response.


Dearest C,

I don’t really know where to start to reorient you. I suspect you don’t wish to see another side to your argument, whatever the other side is. I don’t know how to engage with this reduction of entire decades to cheap Murdoch headlines. All I can say is “the data simply does not support your position” and hope that facts can make a difference.

Poverty in Britain rose under Thatcher to levels not seen since the aftermath of World War II. Unemployment reached percentages not experienced since the great depression. The gini coefficient — economists’ accepted method for measuring inequality — grew by 40%. The welfare culture that you so despise, is entirely her baby. It was simply cheaper…

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End of a Gleera!

Over the last few months, I’ve been reconnecting with Glee – I started from the start and built my way up to watching the Season 6 finale which I finished just five minutes ago.

I’d not seen Season 5 or Season 6 due to health issues last year swiping out most of my TV Schedules, plus Season 6 was only released a few weeks ago, so I appreciate to many this post is old hat to some.

I was aware of, and championed the show right from the very first moments. It’s safe to say I was already invested well before “Don’t Stop Believing” became the thing that it did. At that time, practically nobody in the UK seemed to have heard of the show, as it wasn’t even optioned yet.

I’ve literally just spent the entire last twenty minutes in absolute floods of tears – the ending of Glee was fantastically well done. There’s always a mourning after a show you follow for so long ends – in this case 6 years. I honestly don’t think there’ll be another show that ever comes close to this. I know that seems foolish to say, but the journey (pun not intended) promised in Season 1, Episode 1 has gone right the way through the years and stayed true to itself. Few TV Shows these days break traditional genres – they all try to be edgy but end up looking stupid – Glee managed to do this just by championing anyone who felt ready to invest in something different.

A programme that will fondly stick with me for decades to come!

Life Update: Weddings and Rocky Horror

Just realised that I’ve barely even mentioned my upcoming wedding on my own website (sure everyone else is sick of hearing it by now :P !!).  It’s this time next week and I’m ridiculously excited for it. (nb. rings in image are not ours)

It’s going to be a lovely day surrounded by friends and family, and I’ll definitely be posting an update here with pictures etc. In what must be a first for the UK, we’re asking for donations to our chicken fund rather than gifts etc. We’re rural like that now, ha!!

In theatre news, I’m travelling down to London in a few weeks to see Richard O’Brien play the Narrator in Rocky Horror. I’ve got a magnificent seat and am expecting to remember it for the rest of my life (I’m a HUGE fan) – perhaps it’ll even top the time that I did the Time Warp at the Vauxhall Tavern with the great man himself!

A lot of exciting stuff ahead which of course I’ll be sharing here, but for now I’m just really enjoying the build up with little much in the way of news to report :D

UK based musical theatre geek with a brain tumour!


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