I’ve recently been rekindling my love of theatre. The Boy has a new-found interest and requires a certain level of education. This basically involves going to see as much theatre as possible in a small space of time, and then discussing over wine (both fine by me).
This weekend’s offering was The Changeling at The young Vic. I love the Young Vic personally and have seen some absolutely fantastic productions there over the years so generally trust what they choose to put on. It’s a little out of the way in Southwark, but is usually worth the trip.
I didn’t know anything about The Changeling so had no expectations walking in. Sometimes it’s the best way. But, if I don’t tell you about it now, then how will you know to go!? So here you are…
Firstly, let’s start with the director, Joe Hill Gibbins. I thought his production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (also at the young Vic) in 2011 was superb so had no questions about his ability to produce something interesting. I must admit I was a little nervous about the play being just over two hours with no interval, but shouldn’t have been. It was completely necessary and at no point did I find myself looking at my watch.
They play itself was brilliant. Loosely, the plot is about a girl who is forced to marry a man she does not love so she hires someone to kill her fiancé. When the deed is done, she discovers that her killer wants more than just gold, and all hell breaks loose.
The actors made the characters and completely bonkers storyline believable even if you came out feeling a bit bonkers yourself (probably the point). Through all the sex, chaos, insanity, trifle throwing, and single ladies dance (!), was ultimately a story about love, jealousy and revenge, beautifully delivered through great talent and a minimalist set.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would wholeheartedly recommend going to see it. The Boy on the other hand was less enthusiastic about the story finding it “a bit mental – there was so much going on” but agreed with me on the calibre of acting.
The Changeling is on until 22nd December and tickets are only £10 if you’re under 26 which is always a bonus. The Young Vic even has a lovely café selling great coffee where you can hang out before.