Wendy Blaxland's blog

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'Brief Encounter' at the Concourse - great theatre

Saw the fabulous show Brief Encounter by the British Kneehigh Theatre at the Chatswood Concourse this evening: wonderful, heartwarming, funny, musical - devised after the story and film by Noel Coward. Some fantastic moments - and such good actors/singers/musicians/dancers.

My son Tom and I absolutely loved Brief Encounter. It combinsd an awareness of the essential advantage of live theatre (the presence of an audience) by deliberate interaction with the audience, with ways of using other media such as film to enhance the live action. I also admired the clever way actors stepped from one medium into the other. I enjoyed the use of music, both well-known songs and purpose written ones, and was in awe of actors who could act, sing, dance AND play musical instruments. Loved the humour, the counterpoint of three stories on the one theme, the use of actors playing a number of roles, the dance sequences, the clever use of props, puppets, even circus effects, the characterisations, the switch of pace and use of movement and image to show emotional impact. Adored the train, of course, and the dogs; these were highlights. Makes me proud and glad to work in theatre – and I learnt a lot as well as just simply enjoying myself thoroughly.

Just go see it, please!


http://www.theconcourse.com.au/event/brief-encounter-0

NOEL COWARD'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER
NOEL COWARD'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER

 

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