I really wanted to go to London to see the National Theatre’s production of the Threepenny Opera as I have never seen the show and have seen so many brilliant productions at the National. When I saw that they were filming it and it was going to be shown that the local cinema I was so chuffed and I wasn’t disappointed. It was brilliant. My eldest son loved The Light Princess so I knew that Rosalie Craig is a cracking singer but watching her skill and control is like a masterclass in the Threepenny Opera (and of course because it’s filmed you can see exactly what’s going on).
I loved the directorial choices, the character interpretation, the feminist slant. I really enjoyed seeing some actors who were clearly not natural singers showing how a song should be delivered, regardless of the technical aspects of their voices.
I admit to not knowing the songs properly and have made various student sing Surabaya Johnny. What a song!
I freely admit that I like shows that are darker and unnerving. Since Peter Pan when I was very young nothing has moved me as much as The Scottosboro Boys. I like a show with a sense of humour but I like to learn and cry and go on a journey.
The only thing I didn’t like was the way the show was filmed. I wish that they didn’t keep zooming in. In a live show you choose where to look and the way this was filmed felt very controlling. But I’m still so very grateful that it was filmed at all.
I’m now really looking forward to seeing Sideshow at the Southwark Playhouse, Murder Ballads at the Arts Theatre and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Birmingham’s Old Joint Stock Theatre.