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Sunday 16 January 2011

Midsummer by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre at the Tricycle Theatre London, recommended 4* out of 5 (do go see it!)

Helena is a high powered divorce lawyer having an affair with a married man. Bob is a second hand car salesman who has lost most of his poetic aspirations on the fringes of the Edinburgh underworld. Both find themselves in the same Edinburgh wine-bar/pub on Midsummer weekend.

David Greig's play with songs by Gordon McIntire is above all an intelligent drama/comedy that engages the viewer from beginning to end. The characters and the situations they find themselves in seem truthful. We can identify with them. The result is an authentic romantic drama/comedy that is not sugary. It contains appropriate strong language, the depiction of sexual activity and philosophical musings about the meaning of life at the age of 35.

The play was a hit when it premièred at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival some 2 years ago. In this production by the Traverse Theatre company, Cora Bissett and Matthew Pidgeon give outstanding performances under the excellent direction of the playwright David Greig. The audience is completely drawn into the action of the play. The music is seamlessly integrated into the play thanks to the talents of the cast.

For sheer quality and variety of the plays it has put on in 2010 and the first days of 2011 the Tricycle Theatre, celebrating its 35th birthday this year, is hard to beat.

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