Monday, 28 February 2011

Shakespeare's Mistress - The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakepeare

Adaptor/Performer: Louise Jameson

Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace


Accurately dexcribed as Desert Island Discs of Shakespeare's speeches, Louise Jameson's one woman show is a delight from start to finish.

At only 45 minutes long Jameson gives a whistle stop tour through some of her favourite speeches from several of the Bard’s plays performing each one with a depth of character and understanding one would expect from a seasoned Shakespeare performer.

Along the way she also regales the audience with several amusing anecdotes and stories drawn from her extensive and varied career in both the theatre and on television. She fondly remembers her time on Doctor Who and Bergerac, and is particularly complimentary about working with John Nettles.

Jameson adds further interest to the evening by inviting an audience member to share her stage and perform an exchange between characters with her.  This could have gone disastrously wrong but on the night I attended the volunteer was very game indeed and gave Jameson a real run for her money in the acting stakes.

An enjoyable and informative evening.

Reviewed on 27th Feb 2011

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