The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly

February 16, 2010

Having just sat through Finegan Kruckemeyer’s The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly at the Ark with an audience of under tens it really hit home how pretentious us adult theatre goers can be. Sitting in the dark with our first night faces on it seems like many in the audience are simply passing time at the main event before passing gas in the bar with their cronies afterwards. To watch an audience interact so honestly with a text was a joy, chewing up and digesting what was thrown at them and responding in kind.

From the outset of this one-man show Louis Lovett opens the door to his miniature compadres and guides them through the rules of the theatrical game. His performance is totally engrossing and charged with an energy that has been seriously lacking from most of the monologue theatre I have seen, creating these wonderful characters and embalming them with their own distinct style. Irish actors can often be so obsessed with naturalism that they forget to entertain, a luxury not at Lovett’s disposal as he battles to keep the attention of his young charges, not once dropping the ball despite the constant- if entertaining- interruptions.

The production standards are top class, with Lovett peeling of clothes and pulling apart boxes, constantly moving about the tiny stage and creating the vast city that houses our heroine Peggy O Heggarty. She and her parents are packers, packing one type of thing into another type of thing and are perfectly happy. Until one day the phone stops ringing. Soon Peggy is all-alone and after ‘the best day ever’ finds the responsibility of saving her folks and all the other folks has fallen on her shoulders.

Director Lynn Parker ensures that the magic and realism both contained within the script are given equal footing and the themes of recession and isolation, depression and hope are presented in such a way that they make contact with their intended targets while never patronizing them.

If adult audiences were led in much the same way going to the theatre might be more appealing to the everyday person and less like the vanity fairground it so often is today.

26 January 2010 – 07 March 2010, €4.00 – €10.00

10.15 and 12.30 Tuesday-Friday

16.00 Saturday


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