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To Kill A Mockingbird, Theatre Royal Glasgow 3rd -7th February 2015

Published by: Jon Cuthbertson on 4th Feb 2015 | View all blogs by Jon Cuthbertson

Being such a well-respected novel, with a revered film adaptation – how will a stage production of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird relate to a modern day audience?

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This ingeniously staged production has shown it to be a complete success. So many people have their own connection to reading the novel which follows the story of young Scout Finch as she narrates about her life 1930s Deep South, where life is balmy and warm and racism was still rife as her father, Atticus, defends Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Timothy Sheader’s production links everyone with their connection with this story – the novel itself. The cast appear on stage reading excerpts from their own paperback copies in their own regional accents, wearing modern day clothing. They then remain at the side of the stage throughout, adding jackets, hats, shawls (and a southern drawl) to become the various characters in the story. Jon Bausor’s design of the open stage surrounded by “corrugated iron”, with the only set piece being a large tree with a tyre swing, aloows the story to move seamlessly to any location with the simple movement of a bed, table, chair in a choreographed movement that only adds to the feeling and emotion of the show as opposed to acting as a distraction.

 

With this sparse staging, it puts a lot of pressure onto the actors themselves – in particular the young cast who lead the majority of the production. In this performance, Ava Potter (pictured below with Connor Brundish as Dil and Arthur Franks as Jem)   excelled as Scout – her consistent accent and feisty nature were coupled with a warmth and charm that endeared her to the audience. Her assured performance matched that of her adult counterparts, with Daniel Betts(pictured above) providing a gentle and respectful Atticus. As an ensemble piece this show had an exceptional cast with not one weak link – Natalie Grady’s Miss Maudie was the southern neighbour everyone wanted and her narration out of character was full of variety and interest. Victoria Bewick’s own North East accent made her a great storyteller and the contrast with her Deep South accent as the “victim” Mayella showed a real skill. Zackary Momoh was so subtle and understated as the accused Tom Robinson, that you felt his pain and injustice before he even opened his mouth.

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With the news this week that a long lost sequel to the original novel is to be released after 55 years, this is the perfect time to be reminded of the original – and this production is the best way to do this – flawlessly performed by an exceptional cast, don’t miss the chance to see the classic novel brought to life at the Theatre Royal Glasgow, until the 7th February.

 

Listing Information

 

Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm

Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm

Box Office 08448 717 647 (bkg fee)

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

images (1) - Johann Persson, (2) - Christopher Akrill 

Comments

1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks, Jon. This sounds fabulous. As you say, a great time to see this classic tale.
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