The first major stage production of Louis de Bernières’ best-selling novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End from 4 July to 31 August 2019 following a hugely successful UK tour. There will be a gala opening night on 10 July.
Following Melly Still’s moving and visually stunning production of The Lovely Bones last year, I had high hopes for her latest literary adaptation, Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1994).
In Kenneth Emson’s superbly crafted new play, Plastic, a small town along the Thames Estuary in Essex smoulders its hormonal slow-burns until a teenage disagreement escalates into a tragedy.
Kenneth Emson’s script for Plastic is unusual, a rapid-fire rhyming verse that somehow still feels very natural in the mouths of teenagers, and which is brought brilliantly to life by an excellent cast.
What is so good about this play is how it lulls you into a false sense of security. The informality of how the characters address the audience, speaking in verse (sometimes rhyming, sometimes not), hooks you in from the second the lights are up.
Brutal and bleak, Kenneth Emson’s Plastic is uncompromising about how desperate life can get for those feeling left behind.