Kenneth CranhamThe Father at Bath Theatre Royal.
It’s the beginning of summer and the theatre season is beginning to lull but there is plenty of shows to keep us indoors whether that is to escape the rain or (hopefully) catch some respite from the sun! From saying saying farewell to the 2015 year of BOVTS students, a new production from one of Bristols most innovative theatre companies and a welcome return from one of the most talked about productions in the area last year there is plenty to keep us occupied this June.
6. Me, Bill Nighy & The Goblin- 25th June
For the best title of the year alone this has to go in to the list. Nalika de Silva one women show explores her travelling from Yorkshire to London and what happens to big dreams when confronted with the reality of the acting world. With tales of resting jobs, squirrel attacks, Bollywood dancing and bumping into actor Bill Nighy it should be an insightful and hilarious look at the industry from the side most of us see it from.
5. The Sound Of Music Bristol Hippodrome 22nd June until 04th July
Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical has been unfairly maligned over the years as all sugar, no bite. There is a lot more to it then ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ and singing about favourite things and even though we all know how it ends it has a darker centre than many people remember. Danielle Hope- winner of the BBC show to crown a Dorothy- takes on the role of the Nun.
4. That Is All You Need To Know- Idle Motion Tobacco Factory Theatres 24th to 27th June
The codebreakers at Bletchley Park have been well served in recent times with a number of books, tv shows and Bennedict Cumberbatch film The Imitation Game all shedding some light on the men and women who helped win the war. If anyone can shed further light on the subject matter it is theatre company Idle Motion and this devised piece of visual theatre.
3. Current Location- FellSwoop Theatre Trinity Centre 4th to the 14th June
Award-winning company FellSwoop Theatre present the European Premiere of Current Location by Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada. Having played its first date at the Brighton Fringe last week, it comes to Bristol for two weeks before dates at the Edinburgh Festival in August. FellSwoop are without doubt one of Bristol’s most interesting theatre companies with Belleville Rendez Vouz and Ablutions having brought them to national prominence.
2. Love For Love- BOVTS at Bristol Old Vic 15th to the 27th June
The 2015 set of BOVTS graduating actors are about to head off into the sunset with dreams of becoming the next Day Lewis, Mark Strong or Naomie Harris. It’s a good chance to see the brightest new talent one last time in Bristol and William Congreve’s Love for Love provides a new challenge for the graduates, using original practices from the day and lighting the Old Vic stage purely with candles. There are also performances from the school this month of The Grand Gesture (4th-13th June Tobacco Factory) and the International Students London Cuckolds (18th-22nd June Tobacco Factory)
1.The Father Bath Theatre Royal 22nd June-27th June
After premiering at the Ustinov Studio last year to a host of five star reviews (even if I wasn’t as receptive as most of my fellow critics) and with its companion piece The Mother playing there currently, The Father stops off in the main house as part of a national tour. Florian Zeller’s work is a tricksy and ultimately devastating work about old age and memory loss and given a performance by Kenneth Cranham that was up on top of my best performance list in 2014.