REVIEW: Rocker of Ages @ Write Now festival, Actors Studio 15/04/11

wn-rocker-of-agesFollowing the success of the 2010 event, the city’s International One Act Play Festival returns for 2011. With 8 new productions in a range of genres, there’s something for all the family. Liverpool Live reviewer Stephanie Harrison went along to The Actors Studio on Seel St to find out more…

Rocker of Ages written by Kate Shaw and directed by John Mc examines our curiosity about our past and our need to understand where we came from. Dawn reminisces about her past which edges her granddaughter on to discover the grandfather she never had. She is desperate for her mother to finally meet her real father. The piece has many twists and turns and looks at the relationships between grandmother, mother and daughter.

The performances felt at times a little underdeveloped with shocking revelations going somewhat unnoticed. The audience were left slightly confused over the change between Rocker (the aged musician) being Patty’s father one minute, and then not the next and then full circle back to being his father again.

The strength of the piece was it’s wonderful Liverpool feel as you could imagine this story unfolding in sitting rooms round Merseyside. Unfortunately the actors performance seemed a little lack lustre or forced but this could perhaps have been down to opening night nerves.

The festival runs until Sat 23rd Apr, check out www.writenowfestival.co.uk for all the details

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