Thursday, 23 May 2013

To kill a mockingbird..

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about 5 of the influential books in my life... last Friday (17th) I was lucky enough to have a preview ticket for the staging of one of those books on the stage. I am referring to To Kill a Mockingbird which is currently being played out on the Open Air Theatre at Regents Park.
This theatre is one of London's hidden gems and is like an enchanted forest in the middle of an urban jungle.... It is gorgeous on a warm sunny evening, perfect for picnicking in the park!... Alas I picked one of the coldest evenings in May and had to purchase a couple of picnic blankets on route to keep me warm!... Thankfully the weather stayed dry which made for an entertaining evening.
The play starts with key members of the cast each standing up amongst the audience and reading passages from the start of the book, they culminate on stage where they each map the town in chalk Also on the stage sits a huge tree complete with tyre swing... Scout, Jem & Dill swing from this onmany occasions  during the play. The simplistic styling and staging of this play is beautiful and tugs in the heart strings throughout. The key to this play is the fabulous casting of the children, who in my opinion steal the show... they leave the audience in tears on several occasions.
The first half of the play is set in twilight which adds to the day to day life in Maycomb, the second under darkness and spotlights adding depth to the courtroom drama dealing with rape and racial prejudice. Atticus Finch is played by 'House's" Robert Sean Leonard who plays the role with depth and character and is exactly how I imagined him to be when I read the book 25 years ago.
A fabulous, heartbreaking staging of a beautiful book.
Mockingbirds just make music; they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out. That’s why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird”

If you can get a ticket to see this play then grab it with both hands it is beautiful x

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

To kill a mockingbird..

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about 5 of the influential books in my life... last Friday (17th) I was lucky enough to have a preview ticket for the staging of one of those books on the stage. I am referring to To Kill a Mockingbird which is currently being played out on the Open Air Theatre at Regents Park.
This theatre is one of London's hidden gems and is like an enchanted forest in the middle of an urban jungle.... It is gorgeous on a warm sunny evening, perfect for picnicking in the park!... Alas I picked one of the coldest evenings in May and had to purchase a couple of picnic blankets on route to keep me warm!... Thankfully the weather stayed dry which made for an entertaining evening.
The play starts with key members of the cast each standing up amongst the audience and reading passages from the start of the book, they culminate on stage where they each map the town in chalk Also on the stage sits a huge tree complete with tyre swing... Scout, Jem & Dill swing from this onmany occasions  during the play. The simplistic styling and staging of this play is beautiful and tugs in the heart strings throughout. The key to this play is the fabulous casting of the children, who in my opinion steal the show... they leave the audience in tears on several occasions.
The first half of the play is set in twilight which adds to the day to day life in Maycomb, the second under darkness and spotlights adding depth to the courtroom drama dealing with rape and racial prejudice. Atticus Finch is played by 'House's" Robert Sean Leonard who plays the role with depth and character and is exactly how I imagined him to be when I read the book 25 years ago.
A fabulous, heartbreaking staging of a beautiful book.
Mockingbirds just make music; they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out. That’s why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird”

If you can get a ticket to see this play then grab it with both hands it is beautiful x

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