ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

After Miss Julie Staveley Roundhouse

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2011

You’d think a play with this much seduction, sadomasochism and class-conflict would be more interesting, but it falls strangely flat. It’s 1945 and the night of the landslide Labour victory. Seemingly, change is in the air for the relationship between the aristocracy and the working-classes, but ‘After Miss Julie’ questions whether things can really change as Miss Julie and her chauffeur, John, struggle for power. So far, so interesting. The problem is that the actors here don’t make the characters charming enough to care about, and their constantly changing power roles seem senseless instead of indicative of any societal problems. Overall, it’s a perfectly competent production, but it doesn’t seem to add up to anything meaningful.

theSpaces at Surgeons Hall, 15 – 20 Aug, 11.40am (12.50pm), £5.00 – £7.50, fpp236.
tw rating 2/5