Nicola Werenowska’s – ‘Silence’

Hi Everyone,

Coming back to you with another review, look at that two shows this month! On Wednesday night I went to see ‘Silence’ by Nicola Werenowska at The Mercury Theatre in Colchester.

‘Silence’ is the story of three women: one a mother, a daughter and a grandmother all of polish decent. The way, the show was written and was directed brilliantly, but very interesting. I have been going to shows for many years, but this is the first time I have seen a show where it is performed entirely in third person.

This was very interesting to me. I was expecting it to be a very traditional play with normal scenes where the characters would interact with each other, and yes there was some of that, but it was kind if here and there, only to expand on the story. There was very little scenery and very little props which I think only added to the character of the whole show.

Photo shows all three characters, the grandmother is holding a new-born baby, looking at her granddaughter. Whilst the mother is looking over her shoulder all looking very happy.

The show tells the story of one family but from three very different perspectives. one from a young twenty-something year old, about to come out of university, to a middle-aged mother, who is struggling to connect with her husband and daughter. To a polish grandmother very set in her ways and likes everything just so.

With all these things put together, comes a show that I have never seen before, but comes across wonderfully and brilliantly. Acting from all three actresses was amazing! You could really tell and touch upon the emotion that each character had, and you could really understand what each character was going through. 

Photo shows all the three characters. Both the daughter and the grand mother are sitting on grey chairs, both looking concerned. Whilst the mother, is leaning over her daughter with her hand on her left sounder trying to reassure her.

Having all three characters, all on stage, all doing different things, in different places, all at the same time, was a little confusing at first, but after a few scenes of the show, you picked it up quickly and were able to keep track. There were times where I didn’t quite understand something, but then the show would touch upon it again, so then it made it easier to understand. One thing  I wanted to outline is the great use of costume. As the stage, set, and three chairs that were used throughout the show were all grey. It made the colours of the costumes of all three characters stand out hugely, so I can only give massive praise to the director here because then the characters more so much easier to see! I later found out whilst talking to the director, that through the show the character’s costumes would get brighter as the show progressed. Which I didn’t spot at the time, but it wasn’t until they said that I could see it, and that was brilliantly done!

Onto the rating then:

People Who A Visual Impaired: You will have no problem here, as the show is performed in the theatre’s studio it was nice and close so you can see that was going. The use of colour against the grey background, is great, because if you can limited vision then you will be able to track each character quite easily.  

People With No Vision: Again with this show I think your do fine here, most of the show is dialogue with never little action, the actors will move from one end of the stage to the other from time to time. But as the space is so small, you should be able to track this very easily, and know where all three characters are at one time. There is an Audio Description available (see website for details) but if you can seem to get a ticket then if you go to a normal performance then you should have no problem.  

‘Silence is running at The Mercury Theatre in Colchester from 12th – 20th of October, but it is also touring around the UK. So if for some reason you can’t get a ticket at The Mercury, Then I will leave a link for the show below also so you can see where they are going to be playing next.

As always I will leave a link to The Mercury website, you can find a link to show and ticket information: Here

You can also find a link to the actual show: Here

Until Next Time,

The VI Critic 

Daniel DeFoe’s ‘Moll Flanders’

Hi Everyone,

Now I don’t normally do this right at the beginning of a review, but please before you read this go and get tickets for this show! Was Absolutely brilliant!

Right now I’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on to the review of ‘Moll Flanders’.

‘Moll Flanders’ based on the novel by Daniel Foe is about the life of young ‘lady’ during 1683 London. The story talks about her rather miraculous life, and what she has to go through during that time.

This is one amazing story! accompanied by the absolutely amazing cast, set design, lighting, costume everything really. When I got to the theatre I had bought myself a drink and some sweets, but not once did I touch them, as I was so engrossed into the show and story. There was a great use of light and darkness, the acting by all the cast was sublime. Some of the best I’ve seen in many years.

Photo shows full cast of stage, with the character 'Daniel DeFoe' setting the scene. The light is a mixture of reds and oranges. Daniel is standing centre stage with the title 'Moll Flanders' behind him on a canvas.

There were a few times where the cast one break the cast would break the ‘4th wall’ to encourage the audience and to make them feel part of the show, which I loved and I thought was an excellent touch. The use of light and costume and lighting put together, made the show gorgeous to look at. There are some singing numbers throughout the show, which the cast sang beautifully especially the main leading lady Eva-Jane Willis. She definitely stood out for me during the show.

Moll Flanders (Eva-Jane-Willis) is stnading in a church in a green and gold coat looking up into the distance, wondering what she should do with her life.

Though-out the entirety of the show, you could see that the whole cast had a great deal of fun, and enjoyed themselves immensely. There was a fair number of jokes and ‘gags’ which was a very nice touch and made the show very, very enjoyable!

‘Moll Flanders’ is running at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester form 28th of September until 13th of October! I’ve I can find some tickets, I will definitely be going again for sure!

Onto the ratings then:

People With A Vision Impairment: You will have no problem watching this show. There is a great use of lighting during the show and a great use of colour with the costumes. The theatre is traditional so as it is quite small I would say if you can I would sit in row D or E and you’d be fine.

People With No Vision: Here I think your do fine. There is plenty of dialogue that tells the story and definitely enough to understand what is going on in certain particular scenes. But an Audio Description performance with a Touch Tour is available, so get the website for details.

Honestly, everyone if you have the time to go and see this show then I highly recommend you do! It has an excellent story with an extraordinary cast, and trust me it is not to be missed!!

Until Next Time!

The VI Critic

Song From The Show: ‘London Town’