theatre, Writing

Theatre Review: Switzerland

Yep, I’ve been reviewing again. Brilliant way to sharpen the writerly craft (I hope). Sorry to say this isn’t all it could be – running til 1 Sep in Bath, with Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan playing Patricia Highsmith, author of The Talented Mr Ripley (and much more):

“….Think of a bar-bore in their own cave and that’s the role Phyllis Logan has taken on. It’s a very tough gig and she too is constantly watchable. But Murray-Smith has not gifted her the same character nuances as her counterpart […] With this uneven script, the audience is left with a sense of dangling threads, of creative promise unfulfilled, and a great writer being under-served for the benefit of a lesser one.”

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Phyllis Logan as Patricia Highsmith in “Switzerland”, Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath. Pic: Nobby Clark

 

Shows

Reviews: “Pills, Thrills and Bellyaching…” 2-4 Aug, Tobacco Factory, Bristol

“Overwhelmed by hyper-energetic, Ali Watts, performing as a hard living but happy “Glasgoburgh” soldier, home on leave, who among the convivial crowd in the theatre bar would guess that “Passion”was written by a woman, Gill Kirk?…The outpouring of the soldier’s passion is pure masculine. Ms Kirk must have observed the species very closely, and Watts has too, so authentic is the character they’ve created.”

-Arthur Duncan, Remote Goat

“Gill Kirk’s ‘Passion’ was a splendidly fast, fevered monologue by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Ali Watt, as a sped-up, loved-up Scot for whom the rave was a place less of hedonism than of to-the-death love and solidarity with his fellow men. This man … had seen the best and worst of human nature in the first Iraq war, and for him the rave was a veritable Eden of love and togetherness.”

– Steve Wright, Venue Magazine

“A moving, thought-provoking piece of theatre”

Viv Kennedy, Guide2Bristol

Shows

Reviews: ‘Water’s Not So Thick’

4 stars * * * * Venue Magazine 


“Acutely observed and sharp as tacks, [with]  plenty of wit and humour … that soon gives way to a much bleaker portrait of dysfunction and dependence, and a plot which builds with the relentless momentum of tragedy.”  


“I wholeheartedly recommend that you go.” – Guide2Bath

“Gill Kirk’s strong writing and Alison Farina’s excellent casting and direction have produced a piece of theatre that provides moments of laughter, moments of sadness, and the occasional slight gasp of shock as a new twist is revealed….”