‘Di and Viv and Rose’ will be coming to the Theatre Royal, Workington.
However, with current performances suspended at the theatre, due to the latest coronavirus advice, this will now not take place this week as advertised.
I had the pleasure of seeing the dress rehearsal. The play comes with a warning over strong language, but I have a warning of my own that the play packs quite an emotional punch. I recommend that you bring hankies along with you. Written by actor Amelia Bullmore, it will appeal to anyone that has been through the ups and downs of life with long-term friends.
The play opens at university halls where three seemingly mismatched girls meet up. Sociology student Viv – played by Anne Bowmen is focused and hardworking. Business studies undergraduate Di is sporty – played by Ruth Hellen and Becky Wilson is flirtatious, but needy, Rose. They form a bond that spans over the next 30 years.
Director Stephanie Daly-Parks said that she has learned how to bring the full comedy out of the play and one of the challenges has been getting to grips with the set design. She said: “The set design has been a challenge for me. I had to learn a lot about getting the details right on set. My experience has been more theatre in the round so this has been different for me but enjoyable.” She said the actors have worked together as an ensemble. I would agree with this but if I had to single any one of the three out I would have to mention Ruth Hellen, who portrays several scenes in such a moving way that she had me in tears more than once.
I enjoyed the nostalgic 80s soundtrack, which included Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Depeche Mode, and Eurythmics. However, just as you’re relaxing into the 80s vibe, the first of the shocks arrive.
When you do get the chance, you will sit back and enjoy this very realistic and touching performance. Details on rescheduling the play will follow when available.
Many thanks from us at Theatre Royal to Lynne Wild and Times & Star for your many previews and reviews. We look forward to more normal times when all the performers and those behind the scenes can again provide performances for the benefit of our community.