4 July 2012
By Matt Baker
After what was a trying day at work, I sat down at my P.C. and dutifully planned my route for the evening on TFL, feeling a tad unenthusiastic and devoid of my normal excitement at an evening’s entertainment at the Theatre.
I will confess that my cursory glance at the promo material had lowered my mood. The picture that I had glanced at showed, in silhouette, a demonstration with figures holding placards bearing legends such as, ‘Free Milk For Kids’, ‘No Filthy Rich, No Unemployed’ and ‘Protect Our Youth’. Given the current austere mood, I was not really looking forward to such glum fare.
Well I need not have worried. If Communism was this funny, then I truly believe the Berlin Wall would still be standing, and we would be throwing deeply envious glances over it at our ‘Red Neighbours’. Katy Baker’s performance as Flora thoroughly deserves the ‘Best Female Performance Nomination’ from the Off West End Theatre Awards. A more heart-warming approach to the role is difficult to envisage. The superb songs were given a fantastic energy by a great cast.
The out of work illustrator, turned Communist party member leads us on quite a ride through the two hours of the performance, but in the end I felt satisfied and entertained. The play’s setting in the 1930’s era of economic downturn, rather than causing much navel gazing at our current plight, provided a wonderfully optimistic view.
To anyone who is feeling the pinch, or just in need of lift through a disappointing summer, I say get along to the Landor, and you’ll have a great night.
Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Road, SW9 9PH until 14th July. Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
Box Office: 020 7737 7276 £18.00 / £15.00 Concessions
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