One Man Two Guvnors

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ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

Date: 25th August 2012

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

Whilst on the subject of unintelligibility – Parade’s End last week – the same accusation can be levelled at this play which I saw on Saturday evening.

Let me make it quite clear that I have excellent hearing but more and more I find that performers/actors are unintelligible in much of their speech. It used to be solely a fault with American programmes which I attributed to accents and local idioms, but this malaise has been creeping into our programmes. I have a friend who now switches on Subtitles even for English programmes. So many thespians today do not seem able to project and enunciate.

There is nothing wrong with a character in a play having an accent so long as they enunciate properly. On Saturday evening I was left fighting hard to understand some of the speeches by the lead actor who spoke in both a Welsh and Irish Accent. His welsh was the most difficult to comprehend. He wasn’t the only one, several others in the cast were incomprehensible from time to time. Interesting that the older cast members were perfectly audible – it was the younger members who spoke too quickly and elided their words.

After the superb critiques of this play, I expected more. To me it was neither one thing nor the other – neither a cleverly written comedy nor a total farce.

Some of the most amusing moments were provided by two ‘legitimate’ members of the audience taken up on stage to move a trunk. I say legitimate because there were two plants in the audience – one a gentleman offering a sandwich and the other a woman who didn’t really contribute that much to the action.

That said, it was an amusing couple of hours and a few good laughs but perhaps I should remember my own advice which is never to rely too much on the words of Critics. I expected a great deal more and was left disappointed. Without the critics write-ups I doubt that I would have gone to the show.
 

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