I have a lot of love for a nice cheesy romantic comedy every once in a while, and Almost, Maine feels like ten smashed into an hour and a half. It’s a play about formulas: Take a basic meet-cute, add a pun based around a classic saying with some pacey dialogue and Ta-Dah, you’ve got yourself a scene. Having been in a play not unlike this when I was a fresher (Check Please, for anyone wondering), this show made me feel an odd nostalgia for that awkward fresher period. But even beyond that, the cast and crew of this show should be commended for a strong set of fun performances that made me laugh more than a lot of theatre I’ve seen this past year.
One for the Road
Sandwiched in the middle of a successful week of Freshers’ Plays, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband is explained perfectly in the title: a woman, on discovery that her gluttonous husband has been having an affair, kills him and, in cahoots with the women with whom he was having said affair, decides the best way to dispose of the body and wreak her final revenge is to cook him. The play itself is a tricky blend of domestic realism and absurdity, an admirable challenge for this newest bunch of St Andrews’ thespians to get their teeth into.
Simon Stephen’s Punk Rock opened this week’s Freshers’ Plays with a gritty and unapologetic bang. It follows of group of seven bored and frustrated A-Level students in the run-up to mock exams, with some dealing with the pressure a little better than others. The play is designed to make us squirm, and this production, led by directors Annabel Ekelund and Anna Jones, certainly got the shock factor right. With more rehearsal and polishing it could have been even better, but there were unfortunately moments where the play felt stilted due to lack of movement and inconsistent acting.
It’s week 9 and it’s that time of year again for you to don your wellies at Welly Ball and meet the new theatrical talent in St Andrews with the Freshers’ Plays. Also new this week is Stephen King’s ‘Revival’; it has the usual chilling horror of King with a look into the other side of life and addiction. The return of the BBC documentary about the high end department store Liberty’s of London also gives a glimpse at the other side and the addiction of expensive consumerism. In search of life outside of earth, the scientific spectacle of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ hits the cinemas this week.
I won’t lie, after last year’s Welly Ball, the prospect of coming back for round two made me a little nervous. After what can only be described as a complete and utter catastrophe on my part, I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to look at wellington boots again. (Note: this was through no fault of the ball organizers!)
The Wellington Boot
The Sartoriowl attended Welly Ball this year to snap the most rockin' wellies and the most glamourous get ups. Were you spotted by the Sartoriowl?