Monday, 4 May 2015

Blithe Spirit @ Brighton Little Theatre

Brighton Fringe has begun, and on Saturday I went to the first of the events on my Fringe Itinerary: a production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, at Brighton Little Theatre!

After meeting up with my friend Lianne, we sought out the venue.
Brighton Little Theatre is really central and close to the shopping centre, hidden away down a little lane of cottages.

If you didn't know it was there, you'd completely miss it!

Set in the early 1940s, Blithe Spirit is the tale of novelist Charles Condomine, who invites Madame Arcarti, a rather eccentric medium, to hold a séance at his home. He doesn't believe in the spirit world, but wants inspiration for his new book. Unfortunately the evening leads to the conjuring of the ghost of Charles' first wife, Elvira, who was a strong-willed woman even in life. Elvira, seen only by Charles, does all she can to upset things between Charles and his second wife Ruth, with tremendous consequences.

...and that is where I'll stop telling you about the plot, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone ;)

The play is brilliantly acted and rather amusing! All scenes are set in the Condomine's living room, and the set for this was simple yet very adaptable for the various scenes.
The costumes were also great, particularly those for Ruth and Madame Arcarti.

I didn't know the story before attending the play, though Lianne already knew it. We both thoroughly enjoyed the play, which demonstrates how great it was!

We saw the first performance in the run, but if this post has whetted your appetite, the performances continue until 9th May. 

Seeing this play has helped me to complete a goal from The List:
079. Go to see a play
I thought this one would be harder to fulfil! (As it stands, I have several other plays lined up to go see...)

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