Thursday, 31 March 2011

Lunchbox theatre!

Bored with sandwiches? Try something different at lunchtime - like going to a play!

At the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds all this week, the Little Bear Theatre Company are putting on a compressed 50-minute version of the five act Georgian play A Bold Stroke for a Husband.

Waiting for the actors

It was thoroughly enjoyable - a lot faster and more furious than Hannah Cowley intended, but just as funny and very accessible indeed. I did miss the leisurely setting of the scene and the asides to the audience which are a prominent feature of Georgian theatre, but as a cultural lunchbox, this stylish, snappy (and very clever) performance is hard to beat.

Well done all - I look forward to the next adaptation.


Kath said...

That sounds interesting and a bit different. It's definitely an innovative way to try and bring in audiences who wouldn't necessarily want to sit through the full five act version. (Although I'd watch both versions!)

Debs Carr said...

It does sound interesting, I'm glad you had a good time.

Jan Jones said...

Hi Kath, Hi Debs,

It was certainly the most interesting lunchbreak I've had for a while!

And yes, I'm going to search out the uncut version of the play now :)