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'White Meat' at Groundlings Theatre - a review by Manda Devlin

Author: Manda Devlin Published: 27th January 2011 09:58

As the audience wait to be seated in a candlelit room filled with historical character, four members of cast prepare to perform in a theatre that has an overwhelming atmosphere.

Groundlings Theatre has become a huge success since opening last year and even has its own Drama school which trains young and aspiring actors.  

The opening night of Roger Goldsmith's comedy ‘White Meat' proved to be a hit with the audience as many congratulated the writer with beaming smiles and excitable handshakes.

He said: "I wrote the play two and a half years ago and I am over the moon with the actor's performances, I'm very proud of them."

‘White Meat' follows Dylan, a character that provokes sympathy at the same time as being highly amusing, with his awkward movements and always saying the wrong thing.

The four young actors perform entertaining scenes extremely well, which mainly involve a chicken that Dylan has brought home after seeing it being hit by a car.

Amateur actor Adam Brown, a 24 year old Performing Arts Technician, delivers a brilliant performance as Dylan by connecting with the audience throughout, while the character goes through a variety of emotions.

He said: "I've had an amazing time during the rehearsal process and the beauty of it was that Roger Goldsmith has often been around to talk to about different interpretations of Dylan."

When talking about his character, Adam admitted that he can sometimes see parts of himself in Dylan and it was obvious to see how much he enjoyed performing the role:  "I am the first actor to play him, so I feel quite attached; I have really loved the whole experience."

Both the young and old were heard roaring with laughter as the comedy provided a range of funny, and sometimes crude moments, that left the audience feeling upbeat and happy as they strolled out of the theatre.

Director Colette Mc Dermott insists that ‘White Meat' is the ideal comedy to see in January: "It is the perfect way to beat the winter blues."

This is a light-hearted play not to be missed and is running until the 29th of January 2011.

The Groundlings Theatre, 'The Old Benny', Curzon Howe Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, PO1 3BS. Tickets £8.00 and £6.00 concessions. Groundlings Theatre Box Office 023 92737370 www.groundlings.co.uk.


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