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Review – London Road, National Theatre

Thursday 14 April 2011

You may well think this doesn’t sound very us. Just not, well, very ‘Whingers’ at all.

Picture it: a play built from recorded interviews with the residents of London Road in Ipswich where the five prostitutes who were murdered in 2006 plied their trade. It’s not about the murders but about how the locals were affected by the events, the ensuing media scrum that followed and the arrest and conviction of the murderer Steve Wright who lived in their road.

Those words are delivered by actors verbatim, seemingly with every stumble, every umm and every err preserved.

Then, just to be brave or thoroughly reckless, music is set to those words, turning it into a musical of sorts. It couldn’t possibly work could it?

The icing on the cake is that it’s staged in the National Theatre‘s Cottesloe. Yes the Cottesloe!

That will have the Whingers rushing to see it, won’t it?

On the other hand, it did open with a tea urn…

Would you think we’d lost our minds completely if we said we thought it was really rather superb? Read the rest of this entry »