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REVIEW: God of Carnage – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

As with her almost universally acclaimed 1994 play Art, Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is another comedy of middle class manners. This time, as it was in Art, the behaviour of the seemingly sophisticated adults involved descends into something akin to a playground fight, all the more ironic, as that’s precisely what’s brought them together in the first place.

Alan and Annette’s 11 year-old son Henry has had two teeth removed, incisors to be precise, by fellow pupil Freddie. The two sets of parents meet in that frustratingly PC way to civilly decide what action should be taken to facilitate the children having “a reckoning” and to teach them about “the art of co-existence”. As the alcohol is increasingly imbibed, the adults’ best intentions go by the wayside and the mud starts to get slung and everyone’s true colours come to the fore.

Reza has a masterful touch at highlighting the foibles of the middle classes and delivering them with a punch, but it needs a strong cast to deliver. As author Veronica (currently writing a book about Darfur) Elizabeth McGovern is seemingly the voice of reason, pushing the apology/reconciliation agenda between the two boys. Household goods salesman husband Michael (Nigel Lindsay) doesn’t quite fit seamlessly into this middle class idyll, a bit rough around the edges his loyalties are tested and exposed as the evening progresses. McGovern takes a little while to hit her stride, but she ramps up the emotion and elicits the laughs as the piece reaches its conclusion. As always, Lindsay delivers an absolute masterclass in comic acting, each word and action perfectly timed, as does Simon Paisley Day as driven lawyer Alan, when not throwing well-timed barbs, he’s barking advice to his clients down his constantly ringing phone, the ever-impressive Samatha Spiro as “wealth manager” Annette, is, as always, on-point.

The dialogue is as expected, razor sharp, Reza knows her audience well, and while this couldn’t be described as cutting edge, it is hugely entertaining, escapist fun, scratching the surface of the well-polished veneer of the middle class. Well worth an evening of your time.

Review originally written for The Reviews Hub

REVIEW: Shrek The Musical starring Nigel Lindsay, Nigel Harman, Richard Blackwood and Kimberley Walsh 20th October 2011

Oh no! I hear you cry – not another bloody musical based on a film!!!

above – the original cast including Amanda Holden who left after announcing her pregnancy.

below – Kimberely Walsh who took up the role on the 7th of October.

before and after

No matter what you think about Amanda Holden since her rise to fame as a talent show judge, but her background is in musical theatre and by all accounts her run in Shrek was a successful one.

Now to Miss Walsh, you must admit that she brings a lot of baggage to this, and if the first night scramble, when her Girls Aloud bandmates attended is anything to go by,  it might well take a lot to see beyond the publicity to her actual performance in the role.

Well give the girl her due she can really sing – it’s not exactly the most taxing role and she was a bit emotionless at times but she managed to hold her own and do a good job.

Shrek The Musical is everything you expect from Disney, the sets are huge and impressive and its large cast are of a high quality.

Nigel Lindsay’s Shrek is entertaining and impressively he manages to keep up Shrek’s Scottish accent even when singing. There’s plenty here for adults and children alike with jokes cleverly pitched at both. But it’s Nigel Harman who really steals the show. His Lord Farquaad had the audience in tears with his expressions and dance routines – as the midget meglomaniac he spends the entire time on his knees – the poor guy deserves a medal. Incidentally he has a fine singing voice and any memories of his former self in Eastenders are completely forgotten.