Monday, 5 March 2012

Happy New @ Old Red Lion


Saw this a couple of days ago - you see, Old Red Lion's become a regular place for us since we saw The Importance of Being Earnest there. (I also saw Playing Pinter there some time ago but didn't bother to write up the review coz... there's nothing much I could write about.) I like small theatres where you can sit really close to the actors, and that's one of the reasons we keep going back to Old Red Lion.

Happy New is quite a puzzling play in the first half, my companion and a fellow viewer both showed me this astonished face during the interval - and I don't blame them! We see two strange brothers who seem to have nothing to do (no work, no social life apart from each other and a woman who's the girlfriend of one of the brothers) but are forever talking about living 'the Australian dream'. They seem to suffer from some mental illness, and it's hard to understand why the woman (the elder brother's girlfriend) would want to stick around. Everything becomes a lot clearer in the second half of the play; the brothers actually suffered from parental neglect when they were younger, when their mother abandoned them in a chicken farm. They were left to fend for themselves, literally, as they had to kill the chicken around them and eat them raw to survive. Because of the time they spent with the chicken, they think they themselves are chicken. The girlfriend's actually the TV presenter who reported on the case and brought them TV fame by interviewing them, and in the end we see why she sticks around.

Overall the play isn't bad, though the first half is really puzzling, and I personally find the dialogues a bit cumbersome. I was worried about the accent before seeing it but it's not a problem at all :)

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