Tag Archives: Two’s Company

A Day By The Sea

Southwark Playhouse, London (***)

© Phil Gammon, Susan Tracy as Laura Anson and David Whitworth as David Anson, Laura's brother-in-law

© Phil Gammon, Susan Tracy as Laura Anson and David Whitworth as David Anson, Laura’s brother-in-law

You win some, you lose some. Sometimes `forgotten gems’ are cast aside for good reason. Fashion, sensibilities, history – always changing. N C Hunter was once a darling of the West End in the 1950s, along with Rattigan and Coward. Then along came the era of the baldly and badly named working-class ` kitchen-sink’ dramas and such quiet, middle class fare completely lost its hold. Or attraction. Continue reading

The Fifth Column

Southwark Playhouse, London (***)

Simon Darwen (Philip Rawlings), Michael Edwards (Max)

© Phil Gammon, Simon Darwen (Philip Rawlings), Michael Edwards (Max)

Over the past dozen years or so, Tricia Thorns and Two’s Company have unearthed some terrific forgotten plays, notably about WWI and the role of women in society. Alas the London premiere, almost eighty years on, of Ernest Hemingway’s only play, The Fifth Column is unlikely to be marked amongst them though Thorns typically marshals her forces at Southwark Playhouse with flair and attention to detail. Continue reading