Wednesday, September 06, 2006


5 different drama schools are performing their own pared down productions in the Swan. Minimal sets, limited rehearsal time and an hour and a quarter for each play are considerable constraints, but they have the advantage of forcing actors and audiences to focus on the text. And for a marathon runner short can feel pretty good.
I saw the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama's All's Well - a lovely and convincing Diana and a sturdy king stood out in a workmanlike and enjoyable production. And on the following day Emma Clifford was a brilliant Beatrice in the Bristol Old Vic's Much Ado, nearly as good as our own.


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