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Auden, Britten, Mitchell And Ravenhill: Tell Me The Truth About Love (Jamie McDermott / Aldeburgh Festival)

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

With a compelling blend of old and new Jamie McDermott portrays the ‘truth’ about love. Through a set of quirky ballads Conor Mitchell and Mark Ravenhill interweave the work of 20th century musician artists Benjamin Britten and W.H. Auden with their own contributions. McDermott’s voice is powerful but his stage presence lacks personality, while the vintage style of the show loses its magic with the separation of performer and house. The intimate theme and overall performance deserves stage decor and more interaction to give the audience the feel of a smaller venue. This separation left the room with an uncomfortable atmosphere making it difficult to appreciate the workings of the talented lyricists and performer.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug, 7.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Rebecca Lunn]