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By Beryl Bainbridge

ISBN-10: 0826487874

ISBN-13: 9780826487872

With a very good introductory essay, one of many maximum dwelling English novelists has assembled her writings, essays and reports concerning the theatre to supply a hugely person view of latest theatre and actors.

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The tie-up with Dali and surrealism is explained in the dialogue. Dali asks Freud if his paintings are any good, at which Freud damningly replies, 'In classic paintings I 46 FRONT ROW look to the subconscious; in a surrealist painting for the conscious/ The farcical element only becomes clear when Freud refers to his having seen a performance of Ben Travers's play, Rookery Nook, that surrealistic and hysterical romp in which characters rush through French windows and girls in underclothes sell flags for the lifeboat.

That she's mad and bad is obvious; the 37 F R O N T ROW slaughter of her children is not undertaken in a sudden fit of insanity, but coldly plotted to cause Jason maximum suffering and remorse. This is a superb production much aided by the excellent sets and the performances of everyone concerned. Tim Woodward as Jason is clever and moving. Jason is an ambitious swine, well used to bloodshed, and yet, faced with the unnatural deaths of his children he manages to make us feel pity for him. Here is a man, one tells oneself, who might have turned out better if he'd only had the love of a good woman.

The acting is a bit of a puzzle. Rosemary Leach as monstrous Mum is wonderful. She's like a loose cannon shattering the decorum of that Bournemouth dining room. Kate O'Malley as Doreen, the maid, is a delight, as is Charlotte Cornwell, the efficient and balanced manageress; she performs the function of that policeman in Priestley's An Inspector Calls. I'm not sure about Peter Bowles, who plays both the rejected husband and poor old Major Pollock, any more than I'm sure about Patricia Hodge in the roles of the castrating wife and the feeble daughter.

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