Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
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Birthday, by Joe Penhall, Royal Court

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Photo credit: http://unitedvoices.tv/birthday-royal-court-until-4th-august

Cut and pasted from the Royal Court Website:

Birthday by Joe Penhall
Until 11 August 2012

Lisa and Ed are having another baby. Determined to do things differently this time, it’s proving a bumpy ride. This is a whole new birth plan.

Joe Penhall’s audacious new play arrives kicking and screaming at the Royal Court.

For full production information, including the trailer, and to book tickets, follow the link:
http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/birthday

Raks's Reaction

This review can be very short.

I was really looking forward to this as I LOVE Joe Penhall - Blue/Orange, Landscape with Weapon, and Haunted Child. Love them!

However, I was massively disappointed by this play, which was dull, tedious, very boring, and not at all funny. It is a one trick pony - the conceit being a man gives birth. If you want to go to the theatre to spend one and a half hours in a room watching a man give birth, this play is for you! For me, personally, I can't think of anything more tedious and boring. And no, this is not how I would choose to spend an evening given a choice! To top it all, the characters were unengaging - they did not interest me in the slightest - except for Joyce, the Black African midwife, who was a joy.

Topline Summary
Very poor, not recommended at all.
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