Monthly Archives: May 2015

Normal/Madness

Eden Court – One Touch Theatre

Inverness

6th May

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In her first Solo show, Fiona Geddes chose to write about her own personal experience of growing up with a mother who suffers from Schizo affective disorder. As a child, her situation seemed quite normal and within her family the word Schizophrenia was never ushered. With a simple set and clever use of lighting, Fiona uses direct address, but plays the role of her mother while recollecting child hood memories and also performs the role of three doctors who give varying advice about this mental health condition. There is lots of humour which provides some relief from sad and distressing scenarios from her childhood.

Though the story is based from her point of view as a daughter and carer, playing her mother does give some balance to the piece, but at times I couldn’t help but find it a bit one sided. While the play maintained a good pace, it did feel slightly too long. All in all though this was a honest, well written and performed piece that bravely tackles real issues.

Reviewer : Zoe Gwynne

Table Manners

Eden Court, Inverness

April 30th 2015 

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This Comedy play by the well-known author Alan Ayckbourn.is probably the funniest of his Norman Conquests trilogy. We witness six characters & their tangling relationships over the course of a bank holiday summers weekend in a county house. The story follows the amorous Norman, his wife Ruth, her brother Reg and his wife Sarah, Ruth’s sister Annie, and Tom, Annie’s next-door-neighbour. This play centers mostly on Annie and her futile attempts at a romantic fling in East Grinstead with Norman and Norman’s attempts to woo anything with a skirt.

The play was originally written and set in the seventies and for this production the set designers have perfectly reproduced a dining room of that time including horrific patterned carpets. Throughout Table Manners there I found many reminders of my parents’ observations life was in the seventies such as homemade wine brewed from various ingredients including carrots & food being made from a selection of tins as there were no shops open over the bank holiday weekend.

The play was well produced and well acted. Performances of note came from the misunderstood brother-in-law Norman and the long suffering Annie who had been left by the other family members to look after the aging mum (who you never see).I can recommend watching this wee gem : there is a smashing level of comedy throughout serving for an enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

Reviewer : Lucy Tonkin