18/03/2015 § 6 Comments
at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton until 21 March 2015
There’s an informative review of this theatre company’s production here, when they performed the play recently in Scotland. This afternoon, I nipped down to Southampton on the train to take my seat in the circle at The Mayflower Theatre where I sat, spellbound, throughout the performance of this poignant and thought-provoking story. Ava Potter, the little girl who played Scout was enchanting, as were the other child actors playing her brother Jem and friend Dill. Daniel Betts, playing Atticus Finch, was the epitome of the book character – gentle and worn, wise and intelligent, caring and just.
Do you go to the cinema or theatre on your own? I could ask a friend to come with me, and often do, but sometimes I enjoy the independence of watching solo. I’m no theatre critic and rarely read reviews before I watch a production – I like to have the experience all to myself, with fresh uncultivated eyes and without preconceptions.
I’ve read Harper Lee’s only novel, many times over the years and this afternoon’s performance brought the characters to life, just as I imagined them. I loved the patchwork quilts (3 in total)! Even the quilts looked authentically Southern, worn and loved. Now I want a picket fence, an antique day bed just like they had on stage – and Atticus’ rocking chair!
Today’s outing was my second this week – on Tuesday to escape the anti-cyclonic gloom that had descended bringing cold air and drizzle, I walked to our local Winchester cinema for the matinee showing of Suite Francaise.
I strolled home in a different place – I’d been transported into a story by amazing actors – another life, another time, another world.
I’ll be taking a break for a couple of weeks – things to do, people to see.