Monthly Archives: December 2014
Scenery Todd’s Cut-throat Christmas
This show was actually two plays or “melodramas” for the price of one, both of which contained much murder and mirth. They were put together by Eden Court Creative’s drama lab. The first play called Murder in the red barn is based on a real life murder that happened in the nineteenth century. It was put together from 3 stage plays by Heather Corpe.
The play follows the exploits of the all round cad William Corder, played brilliantly by Tom Masterton, as he cheats, cons and eventually murders to get what he wants. William is the son of landowner in the country who returns from London to ensure his inheritance from his ill father. He has a fiancee in London but soon takes a fancy to local girl Maria. He enlists the help of an old gypsy lady ,who is actually plotting against him, to successfully seduce Maria. When Maria has a baby he starts to panic that he will be disinherited if his father finds out so proceeds to murder first the baby and then Maria before finally killing the old gypsy and running back to London. Of course he gets caught in the end and justice is done. The play was very old fashioned but still enjoyable with a host of ghosts as William’s victims builds up and the occasional laugh – especially when the old red barn was mentioned.
The second story is that of Sweeney Todd who murders city gents in order to supply meat to the pies of the bawdy Mrs Lovett. The play starts with the Widow Ragg and her son Tobias Ragg forced to resort to begging on the street. When Tobias is accosted by the police investigating the disappearance of city gents in fleet street he is rescued by Miss Oakley who takes pity on the Raggs and sets Tobias up as an apprentice with Sweeney Todd. Miss Oakley is awaiting the return of her sweetheart from sea but is concerned that he has been gone too long and won’t be able to find her as she had to move. Sweeney is murdering with ease and passing the bodies on to be made into pies sold by the two unwitting pie girls. The police are clueless and loving the pies as much as everyone else. It is only when Miss Oakley’s sweetheart returns that the fiendish enterprise unravels.
With lots of songs and double entendres added in for good measure it was a very enjoyable version. The cast were all very good with a special mention to Tobias, played by Rudi Eudan-Paul ,which was acting well beyond his age. The atmospheric music provided by the string ensemble also added greatly to the performance. A nice touch from Eden court was the offer to buy one of Mrs Lovetts tasty meat pies as a pre-theatre snack. Overall the night was entertaining and well put together. FOUR STARS
Reviewers : Lucy and Stewart Tonkin
28 Nov – 3rd January
£15-£28 (Children half-price)
19.00 (with occasional matinees)
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Eliza Curran, & at 11 years old I am the Mumble’s youngest reviewer. My first assignment was at the beautiful Lyceum theatre, & it was an amazing experience. I was there to see a pantomime performance of the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) written by Road Dahl. I have read and loved the book, and this show was just as good if not better!
This version of BFG is full of laughter throughout, including a massive, felt BFG which everyone loved. The set was cleverly constructed to be a revolving house and there were eight actors and actresses who expertly portrayed the many parts. Lewis Howden’s hilarious and brilliant depiction of the BFG was superb and Sophie and her Mum were amazing. There are many surprises in this professional and fun show. I would highly recommend BFG, which will appeal to all ages. FIVE STARS
Reviewer : Eliza Curran
Eden Court Cinema, Inverness
Anticipating next year’s Mumblefilms, we’re delighted to get our teeth stuck into this wonderful nugget from France
This debut feature film by Thomas Cailley (a recent Cannes prize winner) is a wee French classic all about surviving our comings of age , while subtly exploring the issues of teenagers growing up in an uncertain world. A romantic comedy, we see the typical gender roles reversed, with Madeleine, the female lead, determined to join the army in pursuit of acquiring the proper survival skills in preparation for Armageddon. She is a strong-minded, raw & detached character – the complete opposite of Arnaud; a gentle, easy-going fellow despite recently losing his dad and facing a decision about whether to join the family business.
As a light-hearted romcom which doesn’t follow the rules, Les Combattants (English – Love at First Fight) works well. Kevin Asais and Adele Haenel give convincing performances which make you believe that despite their differences, they really are meant for each other. An enjoyable & refreshing film, & no wonder it won three prizes (including the the FIPRESCI) during the Director’s Fortnight earlier this year in Cannes. FOUR STARS
Reviewers : Zoe Gwynne & Ingrid Watt