Absent Friends at the Gordon Craig Stevenage Review

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absent-friendsAbsent Friends
Gordon Craig, Stevenage

5-8 February 2014

www.gordon-craig.co.uk

Reviewed by Lindsey Knight

I arrived at the Gordon Craig Theatre to be greeted by a member of staff who had my tickets and took an order for my interval drinks. There is a fully licensed bar and coffee bar and plenty of tables/seating. Also a bistro restaurant serving meals before the show starts.

The theatre itself is an intimate size and my seat had a great view of the stage, however I think it would be a pretty great view from any seat as they are all graduated, also there is a plenty of leg room which is always a bonus!

The play itself is set in the 70’s in an open plan living room of Paul and Diana’s home (two of the six characters in the play). Terri Dwyer plays Diana, a married woman who is convinced her husband is having an affair with another character in the opening scenes, Evelyn.

The first act comprises of the 6 characters being introduced and the storyline developing! My favourite character in Act 1 was Marge, played by Sarah Lawn who provided a number of giggles. The audience were full of laughter throughout the first act.

During the interval, drinks were very easy to locate and it was relatively easy to find a table and chair to relax on.

The second half started with more energy and was very funny from the outset. The character that stood out the most for me was Colin. For anyone who is a Gavin and Stacey fan, imagine an English version of Rob Brydon’s character Bryn! He was comedy gold! He had the whole audience roaring with laughter and he was so believable!

All in all it was a good play and a lovely theatre. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and the audience, myself included seemed to have a lovely evening.

This was only the third play I’d seen, more accustomed to musicals and kids shows and I was pleasantly surprised. I will definitely aim to see more plays after this.

I would recommend Absent Friends and the Gordon Craig Theatre to friends and family and give my overall evening a 4/5.

Rating: 4/5

Tickets cost from £16 to £21.50

For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01438 363200.

4 Star

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