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Ladies in Lavender
What a charming and evocative play to start the Autumn/Winter season at the Rep. A beautifully written play, with moments of humour and pathos, brought to life by a very good cast. The storyline concerned a young Polishman who was washed up on shore and taken in by elderly sisters, showing the way he brought changes to their lives and feelings.
The set was very well-
I felt that the play itself was very gentle, and examined a life that reeked of tradition and feelings surfaced that the older ladies didn’t think they’d have again! However it was quite slow, I would have liked the long silences and delivery to have picked up a little more pace at times.
I loved the music, and the placing of the two violinists – very well done, making the piece more meaningful. The music cut out rather abruptly at times, I would have liked to hear a more gradual fade, but that’s personal choice.
The play was well-
Chris Young played the rather gungho Dr Mead, a good foil to the ladies, showing us the feelings of a widowed doctor when a young woman came onto his radar – loved his offer of cheery scones and bloater paste sandwiches – lightening his rather stern profile.
Dorcas was played with great emphasis by Christine Rayment. She had some lovely lines, and was the typical nosey but concerned housekeeper. Her emphatic portrayal contrasted well with the gentler ladies.
Andrea Marowski, the young Polish man, was nicely played by Alex Brewer, giving us the uncertainty of someone trying to make himself understood in a foreign language, and his olde worlde charm when speaking to the ladies, whilst accepting the fact that he needed to learn English.
Kim Albone played Olga Danilof, a young artist, instrumental in getting Andrea to break away from the ladies and make a life for himself as a violinist. She brought a briskness to the part, which again contrasted well with the ladies.
Overall an accomplished production, very calm, tender and somehow soothing, but also bringing many different feelings bubbling to the surface. Well done to everyone involved, I really enjoyed the evening.
“LADIES IN LAVENDER”
review date:26th September 2017
Little Theatre, Dunstable
Director: Alan Goss