A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

02 March 2015 Wyndham's Theatre, London

In my couple of posts I mentioned I was going to see A View From The Bridge and yesterday, I did exactly that! I won't go too in depth about the story itself as I think a lot of people have probably read it sometime in their life (apart from me...)

This play was at Young Vic last year but unfortunately I was too late in trying to get tickets, which annoyed me as I really wanted to see it for Nicola Walker whom I've adored since her Spooks days. Oh how I miss that show! Obviously I was ever so glad that it transferred to the Wyndham's Theatre with (I think) all of the same cast.

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So what is it about? In short - we have Alfieri (Michael Gould) who is a local lawyer and basically the narrator for parts of the play. Then there's Eddie Carbone (Mark Strong), his wife Beatrice (Nicola Walker) and his niece Catherine (Phoebe Fox). Two of Beatrice's cousins, Rodolpho (Luke Norris) and Marco (Emun Elliot) come to stay with them - they're smuggled into the country illegally to try and get work at the docks where Eddie also works to help family back home in Italy. From the beginning you can tell Eddie is VERY protective of Catherine. A bit too protective, to be honest. Catherine and Rodolpho take a liking to each other, and this is when Eddie starts to show his true colours.

The staging is minimal and I think that makes what you are seeing and hearing more effective, as your eyes are on them all the time and not props (okay apart from the chair in one scene...) This video gives you an idea of what the staging is like:



- For me if staging in a play is crazily busy, it distracts me - I don't know if that's just me? I get easily distracted, whoops. I had stage seating which I think is something you should definitely at least do once in your life, or if you see plays often and there is the option to get a ticket onstage? DO IT. I did with Richard III and loved it, and it's the same for this. Even though it was hilariously awkward when I had Catherine and Rodolpho making out a couple of meters from me...

- I adored the entire cast - this is one of those plays where they're all great. Not that I hate certain people within casts of shows! I just feel some are stronger than others, but in this, everyone stood out to me. It was just so intense as a whole, I don't feel that anyone faltered. Can I just talk about how tall Mark Strong is? Maybe it's because I am a Hobbit but that guy is very tall. And there's something so captivating about him on stage.

- At one point my eye was hurting and started watering so it looked like I was crying at a scene that wasn't overly upsetting...more on this later. Oh, talking of crying - I am certain you can stick Nicola Walker in front of me on stage or TV, crying, and that will set me off! And I loved her American accent in this. (I assume all their accents have a slight Italian tone to it too considering the family's roots)

- The ending - holy guacamole. I thought Coriolanus had a lot of blood but I think this may just pip it to the post! I'd say the ending didn't fit into how I imagined, but that's possibly because I haven't read the play, and only read like a brief overview online. However, I did think it was quite visually stunning, and I am a sucker for visually stunning stuff. The cast are all on stage and basically are in a huddle/scrum of sorts and the blood rains from above them...for quite sometime! I mean to the point they are absolutely DRENCHED. And I love how there's this kind of box that covers the stage instead of a curtain. It added some intensity to an already intense play. And the music...I know it began with classical music but can't remember off the top of my head if it also ended with it. I think it may have - anyway, that hit me right THERE. I don't know my classical music that well but when I hear a good piece, it makes me feel something I don't care with your old top 40 music.

- Whenever I see a play I will always get up and clap and cheer because 9 times out of 10, I have enjoyed it and want the cast to know that - some audiences at plays I've seen haven't got up which kinda bugs me. However, the applause for this was crazy! And thankfully a large majority of the audience got up to clap, woohoo!

Now, I had an hour to waste before my train so thought I'd stage door from a distance. As I was deciding to leave and walk to the train station, Nicola Walker came out. I had to talk to her, if only to say how much I adored the play! And that I did. I felt a bit of a twit going over to her, but if I didn't go over, I would have regretted it! She and the cast have all caught a bug so aren't feeling spectacular so I wasn't going to push for a picture as that's just unfair on her. Plus, to talk to her was a bonus! Conversations stick in my mind more than a picture anyway - I didn't even think I'd get to meet her! She asked if I enjoyed the play, and I was gushing like crazy about how I was annoyed I missed it at the Young Vic but snapped up a ticket for it now (OBVIOUSLY) and then I somehow got onto the subject of my eye? So yes I was talking about that and hoping none of the cast looked over and thought I was getting tearful at I think, an argument? Thankfully she found this hilarious and was saying to me I should have let the tears flow as they would have loved it.

We chatted a little more and then soon said our goodbyes. I think I just walked away in a daze because I have been a fan of this woman since the days of Spooks - my love for Ruth Evershed holds no bounds.

If there is some way for you to get a ticket to this, then go!!

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