ED2011 1/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Poor Caroline (Charlotte Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

It’s the buzzing 1920s London, yet “poor” doesn’t describe this piece of lifeless theatre. Distinctly lacking in energy, the performers coast through each scene, giving the play a listless pace. Defying convention, the plot, seemingly devoid of intelligent construction, builds to nothing, and even the staging is stagnant: the actors barely move from their starting points and the furniture seems glued to the floor. Even the scene changes are excruciatingly slow; the actors creep about the stage trying to be quiet, seeming to forget that the lights are dimmed not off. I just wanted the next scene to begin so the play would be closer to the end. Lacks any redeeming features.

Paradise In Augustine’s, 8 – 20 Aug (not 14, 15), 11.35am (12.45pm), £6.50 – £7.50, fpp289.
tw rating 1/5