Saturday, May 25, 2024

The Wicked Lady

I am ashamed to say after 4 years of living in the JQ this was my first visit to the Blue Orange Theatre, in my defence a year and a half of this was spent under covid restrictions. Then like the old saying about buses, the Blue Orange theatre waits ages for my first visit, and I turn up twice in a week.

I had booked tickets for the Wicked Lady back in June, a few days before my planned first visit I got a request to attend the press viewing. I must admit I am probably not the best person to review horror genre, legacy of watching a vampire movie in my early teens, I was on my own, in a very spooky 16th century hunting lodge when a bat flew in the window. Having survived that experience, I find very little entertainment genuinely scares me.

That is not to say I didn’t enjoy the play; it was wonderfully acted, and I am already a huge fan of this quirky little theatre. Clever use of sound and light added to the experience.

It turned out that having my wife with me for the second visit was an advantage.

My hand was crushed, I heard little whimpers and at some points she jumped out of her seat, the sign of a successful horror in most peoples books. My wife would not claim to be a fan of horror but certainly enjoyed the balance of an interesting story, well-acted with just enough fear and suspense to keep her on the edge of her seat.

What was rather sad to witness, after the tough times theatres and actors have endured with forced closures was how badly behaved a small number of the audience were.

I suspect it was alcohol related but that is a poor excuse, they became so disruptive that at one point the play was forced to a standstill. The writer of the play, who happens to be the theatre manager, James Williams did a terrific job calmy sorting out the misbehaving member of the audience and getting the play back on track.

The lead actors, Nicki Davey and Saul Bache deserve a lot of credit for initially ignoring the interruptions and then continuing their flawless performances after the unscheduled break.

If you have been fortunate enough to have experienced a trip to the Blue Orange Theatre, I would be surprised if you were not impressed with the friendly and helpful staff, in this very unique theatre.

If you have yet to discover this hidden little gem, along Great Hampton Street, do not miss out on a real local treat.

Review by ‘Penthouse Director’

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