Two first for me in this one. First visit to Regents Park Open Air Theatre and first play by Arthur Miller. Gotta say I was disappointed by either. The theatre itself is absolutely beautiful, a magnificent setting in every way. Whether this play is in the right place is a matter for debate as, to my mind, it would have been better suited to a regular theatrical space. Even though all of the action was set in a back garden, there was still something that didn't feel quite right in the setting itself.
Not to take anything away from the actual performance though. The start was a bit hesitant and the story slow to build - which I've since been told is typical of AM. But we quickly came to know the main protagonists and were almost lead into deciding on our own particular favourite character. The two, for want of a better term, leads Tom Mannion (Joe) and Brid Brennan (Kate) managed a sparkling performance with my own position on both of them changing completely very early into Act II. Reading the Time out review above, is interesting as it is very honest yet simplistic. This play may start slowly but by God we are taken on one hell of journey through the second act where truths are told and lives changed forever, culminating in one small but highly significant scene for which the Director, Timothy Sheader, should be justly applauded in his use of the staging, the cast and the emotions of the audience.
So, all in all a really great evening out. Word of advise, take your own picnic, fizz, etc and if you suffer from hay-fever don't make the mistake of forgetting your anti-histamine tablet.