MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE
by Geraldine Aaron
Directed by Lewis Ablett Kerr
at Regent Theatre, Dunedin
From 24 Aug 2012 to 1 Sep 2012
Reviewed by: Terry MacTavish; Barbara Frame (Otago Daily Times);
This one woman show features Elsa May as Angela, a middle aged woman suddenly confronting life after the breakup of her long term relationship.
“For the unexpectedly single,
With love and sympathy.” Geraldine Aron
The action takes place in London. Time: The present.
In this beautifully observed one-woman play, middle-aged Angela attempts to find a new life when husband Max leaves for a younger woman. Using a skilful blend of comedy and pathos, she recounts her journey back to happiness ….
“… there are some great jokes … not least the disastrous dates, first with a tiny man whose legs dangle over the edge of his chair like those of a ventriloquist's dummy, then with an appalling, name-dropping stud from the record industry. And the sequence when Angela goes to a sex-shop to buy a vibrator is a small masterpiece of comic embarrassment. … A peculiarly frosty heart is required to resist My Brilliant Divorce.” Daily Telegraph
… “Geraldine Aron's script is absolutely gorgeous … It has marvellous, grounded warmth and humour, and it ripples with wonderful, tiny moments.” GAT. Kate Copstick
“… razor-sharp, life's-like-that observations.” Daily Express.
“Geraldine Aron's pacey script littered with one-liners and anecdotal sarcasm …” The Stage.
My Brilliant Divorce premiered in Galway, Ireland in November 2001 and opened in London in February 2003 with Dawn French as Angela. A recent New Zealand production has starred Ginette McDonald.
Dunedin Repertory Society
Playhouse Theatre 31 Albany Street Dunedin
24th August until September 1st
at 7.30pm except Sunday at 4pm and no performance Monday
Bookings phone (03)4776544
ELSA MAY … as … Angela
AXL … as … Axl
with the voices of
DIRECTOR: LEWIS ABLETT KERR
PRODUCTION MANAGER: JILL MOORE
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: IMOGEN DUNCAN
SET DESIGN: LEWIS ABLETT KERR
SET CONSTRUCTION: CHRISTINE COLBERT, ANDREW COOK, ELSA MAY, JILL MOORE
LIGHTING DESIGN: BRIAN BYAS, REBECCA HENDERSON, JOEL LABES, DAMON LILLIS
LIGHTING OPERATOR: DAMON LILLIS, REBECCA HENDERSON
SOUND OPERATOR: BROOK BRAY
PROPERTIES DESIGN: JANE KERR, JILL MOORE
DESIGN (AXL): ADAM GORRIE
OPERATOR (AXL): ADAM GORRIE, KEN GORRIE
SCRIPT CONTROL: IMOGEN DUNCAN
POSTER DESIGN: JANE KERR
PHOTOGRAPHY: MARELDA GALLAHER
PUBLICITY: CHRISTINE COLBERT, DANNY STILL, IMOGEN DUNCAN
FRONT OF HOUSE: CHRISTINE COLBERT