Friday, 19 February 2016

Maggie The Cat

Phwore......

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is one of my favourite plays. I've always liked that Williams threw everything including the kitchen sink into a tale of repressed homosexuality, mother love, life, death, envy, sex, sibling rivelry, ambition and greed.
It's a cracking actor's piece
Tonight we went to see the latest version at Theatre Clwyd and it was a rare treat, for the acting was as impressive as anything that has been seen on screen or in the West End.
Catrin Stewart more than holds her own as the strong as iron Maggie and Gareth David Lloyd almost acts himself out of a skimpy bath towel as the drunk Brick , a man of ambigious sexuality and marked self loathing . Desmond Barrit strikes a memorable and rather moving performance as a tired but not down Big Daddy and is  ably sported by the Abigail McKern as the tragic Big Mama
I loved it

19 comments:

  1. WOOF! I would not mind a tryst with THAT handsome hunk!

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    1. A welshman with a southern accent!

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    2. that would be something to hear.

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  2. Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: Jump where? Into what?

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  3. Ah-yah. Welcome to the south. Of the United States. Tennessee Williams got it right.

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  4. I only vaguely remember Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor .. he was good, she was her usual over-acting self. Maybe because I grew up in the South ... I don't especially like Tennessee Williams .

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  5. Did they retain the original ending? I saw it once with it. The movie lost a lot of power by softening it.
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    1. Yes it was the original.....the film hardly made sense

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  6. It's the kind of play where you just want to slap everybody.

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  7. I saw the play when I was quite young, and remember liking the name 'Big Daddy'. I went because my mother was in it; I think she played the part of 'May'.

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  8. Not a Tennessee Williams fan - too much angst.

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  9. It is many years since I saw this John, but I do remember studying it at Uni.

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  10. It truly is a 'great' play. Talk about drama!

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  11. I have always found the character of 'Maggie' to be the most interesting of them.

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  12. Just read a very good biography of Tennessee Williams by John Lahr (son of Bert, aka the Cowardly Lion.)

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    1. Off to amazon right now

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  13. Gareth certainly holds his own in a towel! It's hard to beat the Liz Taylor / Paul Newman version, though.

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  14. Ianto Jones! That's how I know Gareth David-Lloyd, from Torchwood.

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