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On The Beach By John Osborne (Show And Tell / Escalator Productions)

By | Published on Monday 19 August 2013

The seaside is somewhere we’ve all been at some point, and judging by John Osborne’s description, the experience must be markedly universal. With wide-eyed sincerity, Osborne puts into poetic prose our fondest childhood memories and the little truths we all know but never really think about. It’s a simple scene, though his performance is soothing and sweet, with quaint videos and cute tunes, and draws gentle chuckles. It might be a little stronger if Osborne simply centred himself rather than shuffling about the stage, and made a few additions to his friendly but unchanging facial expression. However, with past career successes mostly in radio, this is understandable; and ‘On The Beach’ makes for a lovely hour of warm-hearted listening.

Pleasance Dome, until 26 Aug (not 12), 3.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Amber-Page Moss]