In Basildon

Royal Court

In Basildon

16 Feb 2012 - 24 Mar 2012

£12.00 - £28.00

Pro reviewers rating
9 reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
3 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0

Len’s on his death bed and the family gather to say their final farewells. His sisters still aren’t speaking after nearly 20 years, his nephew’s trying for a baby – and a bigger house, while his best mate Ken remembers ‘Bas-vegas’ when it was a village. As the spread is laid out and the ham sandwiches sit next to the wreaths, it’s hard to see who’s hungry and who’s just greedy. An epic family drama exploring inheritance and the myth of place.

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Peer Reviews (3)    

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One scene - with the vicar - a bit too slapstick and out of keeping with the rest of the play. Strange setup in Royal Court. It had the advantage - for us - that the circle seats (we could not get anything except the back row) were not as far away from the stage as those seats would normally have been. However we did not understand the logic and expense of converting the theatre for this show. ...

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Donard 18 Mar 2012
It's not clear to me this is an important story to tell, but it is told well, and the characters are engaging and well-played throughout. The bitterness between the characters is a bit rote and could have been conveyed with fewer such exchanges; I would have liked to see more richness in the interactions. But the script is more plot-driven than many new plays, and delivers well on that dimension.

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Cabe Franklin 14 Mar 2012

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