Friday, July 19

Tag: James Merrington

Treasure Island – Altrincham Garrick Playhouse
North West

Treasure Island – Altrincham Garrick Playhouse

As an Easter Holiday child friendly show, the Garrick has produced a version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island.  This version adapted by the well-respected Bryony Lavery was first produced in 2014.  The basic plot remains the same, but Lavery has taken liberties with both characters and sections of the story.  Jim Hawkins is now female, Jim has a grandmother not parents, characters are missing, new characters are inserted, and the fate of several characters is altered.  The problem with doing this is that while the play bears some resemblance to the original it should be referred to as the Alternative Treasure Island.  Jim and her grandmother run the Admiral Benbow Inn in Black Cove.  One night a man arrives with his sea chest and takes a...
Chatroom – Altrincham Garrick Playhouse
North West

Chatroom – Altrincham Garrick Playhouse

What would you imagine to be on the agenda for teenagers chatting online? Rating current romantic crushes? How mean mum and dad are for not letting them out past 10?  Whether the fat German kid would be more likely to win Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory over Charlie Bucket might not feature on your list, but it is the first vignette of conversation we’re presented with as we join our six teen stars of Enda Walsh’s one-act play Chatroom. Described as a chilling, blackly comic tale, Chatroom looks at themes of online manipulation, cyberbullying and teenage depression, as relatively innocent conversations dissecting children’s literature and pop music are punctured by the arrival of Jim, a young man struggling with suicidal thoughts. This show marks the first production by the Garri...