Saturday, 8 March 2014

Theatr Pena Bring 1960s Drama The Killing of Sister George to Wales

Christine Pritchard plays June in The Killing of Sister
Photo: Theatr Pena/Newport Riverfront
Following my review for Joe Orton's What The Butler Saw a few weeks ago, I found myself viewing another modern day presentation of a 1960s play this week.

On this occasion it was Theatr Pena's presentation of Frank Marcus' 1965 play The Killing of Sister George at Newport Riverfront.

The black comedy looks at the demise of a long running character from a radio drama that is written out following the scandalous behaviour of the actress who played her when she assaults two nuns in a taxi cab.

The play which features undertones of abusive and lesbian relationships was sensationalised greatly for the big screen interpretation whereas this version is truer to its original stage counterpart.

Hannah O Leary and Christine Pritchard in The Killing
of Sister George
Photo: Theatr Pena/Newport Riverfront
I had not seen The Killing of Sister George in any shape or form before watching this play at the Riverfront Theatre on Wednesday night but was immediately pulled into the action via Holly McCarthy's outstanding 60s stylised set and the brilliant performances presented on stage from Christine Pritchard, Hannah O'Leary, Rosamund Shelley and Llinos Daniel under the direction of Erica Eirian.

You can read my review of this brilliant show on the South Wales Argus website.

If you live in Wales and would like to see the show at the Riverfront, Newport it finishes there today, while there will be further appearances at The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven and Galeri, Caernarfon.

Visit Theatr Pena's website for more information on the production.


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