We really enjoyed this play and production upstairs at the Royal Court.
Here is the Royal Court resource on this play/production.
This was a really entertaining and thought-provoking play by the very promising playwright Penelope Skinner. I think this was our first sight of one of hers; Linda at the Royal Court a few years later – click here or below – confirmed our suspicions that she is a special talent.
Linda by Penelope Skinner, Royal Court Theatre, 28 November 2015
The Village Bike had a very fine cast for an upstairs production, not least Dominic Rowan and Romola Garai, both excellent. Indeed the whole cast was excellent, as was the set, directing, the lot.
Most but not all of the reviews rated it excellent – here is a search term that finds reviews and the other resources you might want.
We’d really enjoyed Spur Of The Moment by the ridiculously young and talented Anya Reiss the year before:
Spur Of The Moment by Anya Reiss, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 3 August 2010
…so were keen to give her another try.
I don’t think this one worked quite as well for us. Yes, there was still sparkling wit to the dialogue. But basically this play was yet another drunken gathering descending into chaos comedy.
Excellent production qualities with top notch cast and creatives, as we expect from the Royal Court, but not top drawer Royal Court to our taste.
Here is a link to the Royal Court resource on this play/production.
This search term should find you reviews and other resources on this play/production.
We’re still hoping to see Anya Reiss progress to greater things on the stage. Plenty of time; she was still only 18 for this one.
So we saw a young Ben Whishaw as far back as 2009 in this thing – who knew?
Mike Bartlett has also gone on to bigger and bolder pieces than this since.
I seem to recall that it was a fairly slight piece about someone who is confused about his sexuality; I think the modern term is “fluid”.
The Royal Court link is very slight for an archive of this age – click here.
As usual, high quality production and performances upstairs at the Royal; Court – we love that place.
I only vaguely recall this one. Experimental theatre, with the cast sitting among us as the audience.
The Royal Court has only left scant details up – click here for those.
Tim Crouch himself is a little more forthcoming on his site – here.
Here are some rehearsal and preview extracts from the Royal Court:
Tim took this play to Edinburgh the following year – here is a two minute extract:
Post modern in a “theatre about theatre” way. An attempt to shake up the complacency of audience members like us.
It seems to have worked better on critics than it did on us:
We enjoyed but were a bit disappointed by this one.
We had absolutely loved That Face, Polly Stenham’s first play, so had eagerly awaited this one for two years.
Tusk Tusk was another play about a dysfunctional family with an addled mother (absentee mother this time) and several wild kids as the result.
It felt a bit like more of the same to us, which was a shame because we (perhaps unreasonably) expected more from Polly Stenham on the back of her stunningly good first play.
Still, some excellent performances from the youngsters (this must have been the first time we saw the excellent Bel Powley, for example) and the usual Royal Court quality of production, even when the play is being done upstairs.
We saw the Saturday preview before press night.
I have found some super Pete Jones Productions photos online – presumably from opening night – click here.