Saturday, 3 September 2011

Hardly Framed Enough!

“Is This Too Framed?”

This brilliant play was read by a selection of skilled mudfest performers and written by our very own Tilly Lunken (a round of applause please). Set in a gallery preparing for the exhibition of the century a crisis of confidence among artists (amongst them MC Escher, Picasso, and Salvador Dali… not to mention their wives) can be devastating. Exploring many themes surrounding the art world, this touching and often sidesplittingly funny piece skipped from one memorable character to the next, be it a begrudging stair monitor, an unappreciated moustache (sorry, THE unappreciated moustache), or Salvador Dali himself. The play was perfectly balanced in action and plot; with simple and effective costume and prop elements that could not help but put a smile on your face and a chuckle in your throat. There were some very memorable performances and on whole the cast embodied a sense of comic timing that suited the writing perfectly.

For a play that was probably rehearsed a whole lot less than it looked, “Is This Too Framed?” was an exceptionally professional undertaking, both in construction and delivery, and I cannot wait to see it brought to life in a fully-fledged production one day!

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