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7 Mar 2000 -
from John Knowles - I went to see the first night of Brief
at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. The play brings together elements
of the film with the original Coward play Still
The play was very well received by the first-night audience (the
theatre was virtually full). The Theatre Director warned the
audience at the start of the play that this was in fact the dress-rehearsal.
This was due to the complexity of the technical effects which
meant that there had only been time for a technical rehearsal.
Despite the warnings there were only a few minor hitches, the
funniest being the drifts of smoke over-spilling from the 'station
set', as the stage revolved, to the 'library set' where ironically
the husband Fred Jesson was smoking his pipe! The use of recorded
'voice over' of Laura Jesson's thoughts was very effective but
occasionally became muffled as scenery 'flew up'. Apart from
these minor hitches the play managed to present the visual qualities
of the film with the intensity of the original play. The beginning
of the second act outside the boatyard was particularly well
performed by the two leads. The station buffet scenes were very
effective; in particular the contrast in emotional display between
the tightly-controlled passions of Alec and Laura, and the knockabout
love-play of Myrtle and Albert - all very reminiscent of the
- Stars Jenny
Seagrove, Martyn Stanbridge, Elizabeth Power and Christopher
Beeny. Adapted by Andrew Taylor and directed by Roger Redfarn.
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