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Review: Waiting for Lefty, online via Zoom

Review: Waiting for Lefty, online via Zoom

A play-act from 1935: what are you expect? A part of shining Noel Coward perhaps? Well, you’d be well off the mark with that now. Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets is a political theatre, written down the wrong side of the Great Depression and are available in the USA. It deals with the lives of ordinary people who are being crushed by the social pressures insidiously imposed against them, gradually decreasing their self-worth and humanity. The toy considers the role of the union, and how coming together in solidarity is the only way to have any strength against behemoth ...

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Rating

80

Excellent

An canny, passionate production, aggressively posed and absolutely astounding in its contemporary relevant. This see involves reactions and offers solidarity.

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A play from 1935: what are you expect? A fragment of glowing Noel Coward perhaps? Well, you’d be well off the mark with that here. Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets is a political drama, written down the wrong side of the Great Depression and based in the USA. It deals with the lives of ordinary people who are being crushed by the social pressures insidiously imposed upon them, gradually diminishing their self-worth and humanity. The gambling considers the role of the union, and how coming together in harmony is the only way to have any strength against behemoth manufactures and country gaslighting. More than that, it considers the role of the individual; their struggles and how to work together for an improved society.

From the start, the aesthetic of this show is captivating. The flawless call of date music and video proceeds us abruptly in to a cavity where we’re connected with the past, yet solidly in our present. It’s still staggering, nonetheless, the extent to which the issues of the past introduced so clearly correspond with those of today in the UK, particularly as social vulnerabilities are starkly highlighted in this pandemic. Taxi motorists unable to earn a living wage, the expendability of healthcare workers, big business running hospitals, undernourished children, racism, gender inequality- these are all themes in the 2021 word on a daily basis. How do we as individuals am thinking about it, and what can we do together to make change?

The sharp-worded casting of performers represent diverse genders, scoots and ages, which speaks to the intersectionality of the issues being addressed. This was not a political rant, the specific characteristics we encounter are very human, susceptible souls. As Florrie and Sid dance, they literally cling to each other, and the last fragments of their quality of life. Yet working class narrations are matched by others, such as that of Dr Benjamin, a professional heartbreakingly spewed from his hard-won position because of racism and nepotism. The message now? You don’t believe it’s happening until it happens to you. Individual integrity and strength is then the first step to change. Union leader Lefty may be the headline behave, but it’s eventually in the collective actions of society that justice will come.

The Zoom format works incredibly well for this production. Not only has director Phil Cheadle applied a whole variety of camera directions to add interest and scaped those repetition face-on headshots, but the choice of delivery really speaks to the egalitarian nature of the content. Filmed live from eight different locations, the cloud-based conferencing app countenances Odet’s story of collaboration to connect an intersectional audience that could be anywhere in the world, showing huge alternative and a world discourse. It’s not totally without its glitches, but the liveness produces an extra urgency as the drama progress, particularly in the final moments. It’s clear how this would be highly exhilarating in an onstage production.

The post-show discussion is a valuable investigation of the themes, and I is certainly recommend remaining on for it. This evening brought closer panellists Alex Andreou( actor and political reporter ), James Farrar( ADCU General Sec) and Danisha Kazi( Positive Money) to discuss issues such as algorithmic social ascertain, fairer banking institutions, and the responsibilities of the individual in a consumerist society.

There’s so much to think about here, presented in an effective, entertaining format, but never ceasing to offer affirmation through the portrayal of human positivity. Don’t wait for Lefty- buy air tickets today!

Written by: Clifford OdetsDirected by: Phil CheadleDesigned by: Simon KennySound Design by: Joss Holden-ReaTechnical by: East Municipality FilmsAssociate Produced by: Tim DelapProduced by: Two Strands Productions

Waiting For Lefty is playing each evening at 8p m until Sunday 23 May. The show is live via Zoom. Further information and booking details via the below link.

Waiting For Lefty

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