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After Mrs Rochester. March 2009

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‘Guildburys is one of Surrey’s most adventurous and successful drama groups. An accomplished company brings a fast paced story to life with intelligence and verve”

Surrey Advertiser  ‘What’s On’

REVIEW

Polly Teal’s script for ‘After Mrs Rochester’ is stylistic and frequently surreal.  It is a challenge for any company but was confidently chosen by Guildburys for performance at the Electric Theatre, Guildford.

‘After Mrs Rochester’ was an ambitious choice for the company and was achieved with merit. The production had pace, atmosphere, and despite its complexity, a useful clarity. Centrally placed was Diane Nichols as the mature and alcoholic Jean Rhys. As Rhys she fragments before our eyes but her performance retained an integrity that anchored the production to the stage as we attempted to make sense of her drunken excesses. Sarah Evans played Rhys as a young woman, trying to make sense of parental abuse, her life and situation. She sustained a believable intensity of emotion that ranged from isolated neglect to hormonal hurricane.

Jeff Thomson – Theatre critic Surrey Advertiser

The Electric Theatre, Guildford
March 25-28 2009 – production photographs © Guildburys Phillip Griffith

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Published on: March 28th, 2009

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