Send More Paper – North 2014 Production
Northern Stage 28/3/2014
Performed and devised by North 2014: Jessica Dawson, Adam Gibson, Hannah Goudie, Lauren Hurwood, Caroline Liversidge, Robert Nicholson, Luca Rutherford and Jamie Tansley
Director: Mark Calvert
Producer: Kylie Lloyd
Design: Andrew Stephenson
Lighting Design: Sam Vivash
It started with the flies
In the early 20th century some ladies had had enough and so they decided to take matters into their own hands. As Northern Stage’s next generation of performers reveal the plot the men start to disappear and the sales of fly paper goes through the roof.
Susie, we are told, say “Always do what you want” but by the end of the story things may have gone too far. As bottles fly all over the stage perhaps the ladies solution has become a problem in itself.
Last year the theatre had supported a very talented bunch of recent graduates to produce ‘The Man Who Thought The Moon Would Fall Out Of The Sky’ which was fantastic so expectations were are for the new crop to see what they would come up with. It feels like a privilege to witness to start of so many promising careers. ‘Send More Paper’ is no exception. The new company has no weak links and the new production has a mix of the horrific and of light humour. The young cast are always energetic and engaging. The clever use of torches adds intimacy to certain scenes. The scenes of violence are disturbing, yet well acted, and provide a context for what was to follow.
This is a powerful yet bubbly production that will hopefully be the foundation for each actors career.
The show continues at Northern Stage on the 29th March 2014 at 2pm and 7.30pm (www.northernstage.co.uk) before moving to Queens Hall Hexham 1st April 2014 (www.queenshall.co.uk) and Alnwick Playhouse 2nd April 2014 (www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk)
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Applications for North 2015 will open in September 2014.
This review was written by Stephen Oliver for Jowheretogo PR (www.jowheretogo.com). Follow Jo on twitter @jowheretogo, Stephen @panic_c_button or like Jowheretogo on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Jowheretogo