Review: Dandelion @ Chapter
If it hadn’t been for my friend to persuade me to see this, then I wouldn’t have gone. I always value a recommendation and here is the review.
In one of my sillier moments, I had completely forgotten I had met writer Patrick Jones, earlier this year for Eat My Words. Patrick was very enthusiastic about mine and others writing and it hasn’t been since university that I have had such encouragement for my writing over two years ago.
His play Dandelion is a tame work about ageing and how we treat the old. We see a quartet of character who are all in a home somewhere in the valleys. They potter about, bicker about what to do (where a certain bookshelf should go, became an important feature) whilst some of them realise their failings and attempt death. Rest assured, it was quite a funny work and made a realistic and local take on our care homes.
Mrs. Hartson, played by Lynn Hunter made for a hilarious yet sobering take on a pensioner. Me and my guest both concurred on just how true her portrayal was. It could have easily been either of our grandmothers. So much rang true. The constant watching of TV. The TV guide as sacred. The short and easily obtained bad attitude. With an unmistakable valleys charm.
This play had moments of poetic beauty, but they were few and far between. It was tame and felt it could have had more bite to it. A gentle look at the old should perhaps have more engrossing characteristics. We all get old, after all.
My guest has reassured me he has written better plays.
After meeting him and hearing a selection of his work, I’m sure that is true.