Friday, 26 October 2012

Little Gem (theatre)

The debut play from Irish dramatist and actress Elaine Murphy, Little Gem is an award-winning drama which is to be performed at Eastbourne's Little Theatre by Green Room Productions in November. The original premiere won at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008 and then the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009.

The Green Room performances will star Linda Bostock, Sandra Cheesman (Blackbird) and Holly Lindfield (Blackbird, Frost/Nixon) as the women from three generations of a Dublin family, Kay, Lorraine and Amber. Little Gem portrays their lives over the course of a single year through a series of interlinked monologues.
Kay’s got an itch that Gem can’t scratch (but maybe Kermit can) ... Lorraine attacks a customer at work and her boss wants her to see a psychiatrist ... Amber has fierce bad indigestion and Sambucas aren’t getting rid of it ... Then there’s Paul, the ‘boyfriend’, who is just using Amber until he can get to Australia ... and there’s the hairy man who fancies Lorraine but fails to rise to the occasion … and of course Gem, who doesn’t like the neighbours coming in to ‘mind’ him. If all that wasn’t bad enough, Little Gem makes his presence felt and life is never the same again.

Green Room is an Eastbourne-based theatre company which was founded in 2009. They produce contemporary theatre to challenge both performers and audiences, with their emphasis being on new and exciting works.

Little Theatre, Fri 9th & Sat 10th Nov, 19:30.
Tickets £10, available in advance online from Green Room Productions or in person 'on the door'.

1 comment:

  1. Having missed Little Gem last year, I have been so looking forward to it's revival and Linda, Sandra & Holly certainly did not disappoint. The play is made up of a series of monologues and this approach allows the audience to get to know each character particularly well. It also makes for a different theatre experience as the actresses are speaking directly to us.
    The simple, elegant set allows us to immediately identify with each woman and varied sound effects add a richness to the performance. All three actress are excellent and completely become their characters - I forgot I was watching people I know! The play moves naturally between laugh-out-loud moments and very emotional scenes and I was, unusually for me, quite tearful by the end.
    Another outstanding production from Green Room!