Review: Act One's Blithe Spirit @ Llanover Hall
Friday 26th February 2016
Set in the 1930's, the play circulates around a wealthy socialite and her writer husband, who invite a clairvoyant to perform a seance. After initially thinking it had failed, it turned out they really had made contact with the other side, even bringing a ghost back along with them. A ghost who just so happens to be Charles Condomine's ex wife, Elvira, who had died 7 years ago.
Despite it being an amateur drama group, I found the acting to be of a high calibre, especially the actors who played Ruth and Charles Condomine.
The set was simple yet effective, although perhaps not quite "1930's" enough. The costumes were well done and the makeup was historically accurate.
It was not quite as funny as I would have hoped, but even I chuckled a few times during the three-hour running time.
Although there were times when the acting could have been better, the pronunciation could have been clearer and the interpretation of the characters could have been slightly less exaggerated, overall, I will admit that the entire performance exceeded my expectations, particularly when taking into account the fact that this was performed by a University drama group.
Overall, I enjoyed this production. Well done to all who took part - I'm glad I had the opportunity to be there for your opening night.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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