‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

by John Ford, A production by Cheek by Jowl
At the Oxford Playhouse

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Encouraged by the title and having been impressed by this particular theatre company before (see Ubu Roi), we three headed down to the Playhouse last evening for a little early week entertainment.

Excitedly, especially as this was Tuesday, the venue was packed and ‘alive’. (But then I wonder how often you’d go to a show with only the Dead…). Anyway, with hindsight I can testify, a huge treat was in store.

The performance was pure Drama and perfect Theatre.

And as cautioned by the posters in the foyer, the show included violence, nudity, and a note recommending that it might not be appropriate for those under 16 – so big smiles from the 13 year old next to me.

The delivery of this ‘Strong’ tale couldn’t have been bettered.

For it is a mix of fiery talent; great dance moves; challenging themes; sweaty bodies; some disturbing – though perfectly executed violence; and bold choices by a master Director.

I attended with no prior knowledge of the content, which I feel benefited my enjoyment, as I wasn’t prejudiced or influenced, rather open to take it all in, so I shan’t be providing any spoilers (or sweeteners) here.

Instead note, this is a play which is best met performed, not read. So give it considerable thought. I cannot recommend it enough.

It is showing until 24 May in Oxford and for further details and dates please visit

www.cheekbyjowl.com

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