Chalet Lines

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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

It's preferable to be optimistic about theatrical regime changes, but the Bush's new artistic director Madani Younis doesn't get off to the most promising start with Lee Mattinson's crude play.

A time-shifting series of pitched battles between the female members of an unhappy Newcastle family, it's indebted to Charlotte Keatley's far superior 'My Mother Said I Never Should', and its broad humour recalls Jim Cartwright. But it lacks tenderness and complexity; Mattinson's dialogue crams a string of coarse one-liners into the mouths of characters to whom his attitude is more sneering than sympathetic.

The action takes place in a Skegness Butlins chalet on landmark occasions that should be celebratory, but descend instead into confrontation and cruelty. The unpleasantness is relentless – until the writing takes a dive into equally unappealing sentimentality.

Younis's slightly clunky staging is rescued by stellar performances from Gillian Hanna as miserable Nana and Laura Elphinstone as a gawky daughter unable to please her poisonous mother. But the piece leaves a sour taste. Better things are, surely, to come.



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