Summer and Smoke

5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
This semi-obscure Tennessee Williams play about the relationship between an uptight minister's daughter and wild young doctor is revived by Rebecca Frecknall six years after it received its belated UK premiere in the West End.


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A bold, expressionist production which works with the unusual vaulted space at Southwark Playhouse to provide a memorably atmospheric reading of Williams' poignant text. A superb cast is headed by Kate Lamb as Alma, giving a perfromance of breathtaklng control and subtlety. Rebecca Frecknall's approach works far better than the heavy-handed West End premier five years ago. Top-quality theatre at a bargain price.

Utterly mesmerising. Go and see it. It's light and funny and deep and tragic at the same time. Isn't that what we want from theatre? Venue in the vaults dictates the need to dress warm

I loved the show and thought the venue worked well together. Especially using the viaduct to represent the angel! The actors all did a wonderful job and I feel gave a strong and believable performance. I like the way the other characters were used to listen in to the main dialogue. This made me think of how things would have been in a tight knit community. Everyone knowing everyone's business. I thought the use of the prop's was very imaginative, especially the fireworks! In all an excellent performance and I have recommended it to friends

''Fantastic, went to see this today , inspiring young actors take to the floor! for an anforgetable performance! Curran McKay’s John...A talented actor, as were the other actors. As soon as I took my seat i was captivated by the atmosphere, very apt setting, eerie echoes, & over head thunder!!! for this period piece. How the actors effortlessly entwined moving the props through out the play made this a very contempory and modern day performance, whilst some how making you believe you really were down south!!! It would apeal to a wide audience. 5 stars...''