Guest Review by Jake Laverde Originally produced at Hampstead theatre, Richard Bean’s Kiss Me is making its west end debut. Kiss Me is a two hander set entirely in one London bedroom 10 years after the first World War. In the opening moments, we see Claire Lams as “Stephanie”, a stiff cardigan in the shape … Continue reading Kiss Me, Trafalgar Studios →
Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Claire Lams star in Anna Ledwich’s production of Richard Bean’s play. But what have critics been making of it?
I have a taste for plays about the years between the wars. The WW1 anniversary saw some fascinating contemporaneous ones, often at the Jermyn. There is rich material in it: the weight of grief, survivor-guilt, the shadow of the next war only 21 years later, and not least the new awareness and independence of women who had done tough wartime jobs.
Richard Bean is perhaps best known for making people laugh. He’s a dab hand at the escalating frenzy of farce, as well as a pleasurable punchline. Whilst One Man, Two Guvnors was a global juggernaut, his latest play, Kiss Me, is an intimate duet.
Jane Horrocks stars in this part-gig and part-dance piece that features music by The Smiths and The Human League. Is it worth making a song and dance out of? If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me continues at the Young Vic Theatre until 16 April 2016.