Night of the Umbrella at Lion and Unicorn Theatre

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Night of the Umbrella at Lion and Unicorn Theatre

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Fri, 16/01/2015 - 11:25

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Not Singin’ in the Rain but Night of the Umbrella at the Lion and Unicorn
Not Singin’ in the Rain but Night of the Umbrella at the Lion and Unicorn
Published: 
15 January, 2015
by PHOEBE SMITH

AN umbrella, a seemingly benign but useful object, takes on a pivotal and ubiquitous role in this collection of four plays by four authors for four actors.

Former Camden councillor John Thane’s Raining in my Heart is a wry tale of manipulation and sexual politics, with knowing references on the role of celebrity and the media. Unfortunately it sometimes wears its socialist credentials a little awkwardly. Liran Nathan gives an impressively predatory performance as the young man in pursuit of an older woman, with a swift and unexpected finale.

Richard White’s The Cure offers a surreal tale of the NHS, ballroom dancing and the effects, both personal and professional, on slowly turning into an umbrella! Richard Ings’ deadpan comic timing is immaculate among some broad-brush characterisation.

On a Dark and . . . from Tom Macaskill is a gothic ghost story that meshes past deeds and current needs in accepting responsibility in order to achieve redemption. This ensemble piece is chilling and atmospheric though sometimes a little muddled.

Camille’s Parasol by Ros Conford is a delightfully silly but satisfying piece of theatre involving some inventive set design in this story of not one but four umbrellas. Which is the authentic Monet’s parasol?

An evening combining various theatrical genres is quite a challenge, and some changes of pace and clearer identity would enhance the enjoyment factor.

JANUARY 18-19, 25-26
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