Last week the GCSE English students were lucky enough to see a production of A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller, a play they have been studying in class. The Young Vic production at the Wyndham’s Theatre has received excellent press reviews. Here are some reviews from Brampton students.
‘The acting in this is superb. Certain characters come across very differently in performance, to the way they seem when reading the text in class. Eddie Carbone (Mark Strong) seems to shift from a one dimensional character, who deserves as much sympathy as he gives Vinny Balzano in the beginning of the play, to a layered character who seems to just be struggling and is clinging onto power. This allows the Greek Tragedy element of the play to come to the fore.
The character of Beatrice is performed superbly: although there is little to work with in the text, Nicola Walker gives her interest as a character, playing the role of the person who knew Eddie best. The chemistry between these two shows their relationship as being shaky because of the presence of Catherine and then slowly deteriorating throughout the play. This is shown through their body language and in their reactions to what the other says- and it is done amazingly well’.
‘The play that I had the privilege of watching on 11 March 2015 was orchestrated in an unusual, artistic manner. The stage was a square with a white illuminated floor and a curtain that only moved during the start and end of the performance. Unusually, unlike other productions, there were no props, and the actors all performed bare- footed, except for Catherine when she wore high heels because of Rodolfo and Marco’s arrival, and Alfieri, until he was on stage with the other performers. I found that this was odd however and that it took away from creating the atmosphere of New York.
The scene I particularly liked was the death of Eddie, which may sound insensitive, but I say this because Eddie’s death was symbolised by the shower of blood, while the other characters huddled around him. This was quite creative and dramatic, emphasising to the audience the significance of that scene’.