Wednesday, 11 November 2009

EVERYMAN PALACE

EVERYMAN PALACE


Paid a visit to the Everyman Palace Theatre last evening to see a local production of Anne Frank and Me, first presented as a play in 1996 in New York City.

Modern day couldn’t –care-less about the past teenager Nicole is transported via a knock on the head to Nazi occupied France and soon begins to realise that the story of Anne Frank (her school reading) is for real and that horrible truth is brought home as the pair are thrown together in a train on the way to a death camp. Eventually, Nicole recovers from her knock on the head, ready to tell her previously skeptical pals the truth of the holocaust with all the zeal of the newly converted.

After a scratchy start, as they established the modern credentials of Nicole, the Marion Wyatt directed cast got into their stride to produce quite a convincing performance, laying down an important message as they did so to the many school kids in the audience – the subject is obviously on the curriculum. Well done to all concerned.

The interior of the old Palace has changed little, its rich red walls freely adorned with gilt. The seats are comfortable with good space between the rows and the all-voluntary front of house works well and gets you to your seat with efficiency and courtesy.

Older Corkonians will have fond memories of the Everyman Place as a cinema. Nowadays, it is one of Ireland’s leading middle scale presenting and producing theatres. The beautiful 650 seat theatre is a jewel of late Victorian architecture. A listed building, the theatre is steeped in history and is a favourite with audiences and performers alike for its intimacy and atmosphere. See more at http://www.everymanpalace.com

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