REVIEW ROUND-UP: Posh at Pleasance Theatre

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This brand new all-female production of Laura Wade’s hit play directed by Cressida Carre has officially opened at the Pleasance Theatre. But what have critics been making of it?

The Independent: “A mark of the production’s power that it persuades you that the all-female casting is integral to the play’s meaning and that it should be performed like this from now on.”

The Stage: ” the treatment of the play itself lacks a clear shape and the whole production feels like a missed opportunity.”

A Younger Theatre: Posh is a richly comic play and this production includes a couple of star turns, particularly from the character of Ed Montgomery (played by Verity Kirk).”

Broadway World: “Wade’s play certainly still has bite, and this production is a welcome continuation of the cross-casting trend that gives meatier parts to comparatively neglected actresses. But, while an intriguing provocation, it’s neither a totally convincing account of her work, nor a revolutionary reappraisal of it.”

Exeunt Theatre: “So, if it’s not the production, or the casting, or the context that annoys me, it must be the fourth thing: Wade’s play is supposed to get under your skin. It’s supposed to make you furious about the circles within circles that privilege someone based on their father’s surname.”

Everything Theatre: “This new production is not a great reinvention of Posh, but the top notch cast makes it worth the watch, whether you’re a new Riot Club initiate or one of the old boys.”

The Guardian: “for all the production’s efforts, we have no pity for these spoilt brats, no matter how rakish they appear to be.”

Evening Standard: “A fruitful and hugely enjoyable experiment.”

The Times: “Sadly, the production is rather tame and toothless, with pivotal moments lacking darkness and danger.”

The Upcoming: “Though not exactly carving out meaty roles for women on the stage, now, in the current turbulent landscape of women’s rights, the all-female cast answers a clarion call that is echoed, from boardrooms to bedrooms, all over the world today.”

British Theatre.com: “the production succeeds because of the brilliance of Laura Wade’s writing and Carré’s masterly direction.”

London Box Office: “a great evening’s theatre should be entertaining and thought provoking. This brave, inspired and unusual production succeeds triumphantly in both respects.”

The Grizzle Review: “It’s debatable, then, whether Posh really transcends gender, but this production is certainly a thought-provoking and nonetheless enjoyable performance.”

London Theatre1: “The experiment of having an all-female cast is daring and dramatic and goes to show that good, well-written characters can be played by talented actors irrespective of gender.”

Jonathan Baz Reviews: “Daring director Cressida Carre  takes her cast and gives them all the prominence their characters sorely desire”

Carn’s Theatre Passion: “This production of POSH works very successfully and reinforces the view that gender doesn’t matter. A good actor is a good actor and a good play is a good play.”

Live Theatre UK: “It is easy to overthink the meaning of the production’s gender bending and ignore the case in hand: twelve talented female actors performing in a funny, fiery and finessed production.”

Posh continues to play at the Pleasance Theatre until the 22nd April.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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