MANOR  "Don't Look Back"

 

BY MARTIN MURPHY

Soho Theatre December 2009.                

Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden

March April 2010 

MANOR IS THE BRUTAL TALE OF THREE MEN THROWN TOGETHER BY VIOLENCE AND LOVE. 

A STORY WHICH BRINGS ELEMENTS OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY, TRADITIONAL LEGEND AND BIBLICAL REFERENCE INTO THE CLASSIC BRITISH GANGSTER GENRE.

MANOR USES A HEIGHTENED POETIC FORM OF LANGUAGE, TRANSFORMING THE WORDS OF THE GRIMY LONDON UNDERWORLD INTO A NEAR MUSICAL EXPERIENCE.

UNFLINCHING AND HARD HITTING MARTIN MURPHY'S PLAY FINDS A REAL HUMANITY IN EACH OF HIS CHARACTERS MAKING THE HORRIFYING BEARABLE WHILST TRANSFORMING THE MOST MINOR INFIDELITY INTO AN UNFORGIVABLE SIN.

 

Stephen Pucci - Stud. Barra Collins - Joe. Elspeth Rae - Kel.  James Kermack - Man   

Photos by Louise Hall

 

Manor is dark and hard hitting. Martin Murphy's writing is brutal, poetic and bloody funny. A play which deserves to be seen in the flesh.

David Scinto. Writer,   Sexy Beast, 44 Inch Chest

 

Credit must go to director James Kermack who has managed to create a powerful, if grim, evening of theatre.

WhatsOnStage

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It's a fierce and disturbing debut play about North London gangsters by a new talent, well acted by a young cast that deliver a sit-up-and-take-notice ferocity of performance that had me on the edge of my seat. 

Aleks Sierz. Writer, In-Yer-Face Theatre

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Brutally beautiful with captivating performances

 Remote Goat

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Minimal props and set design help emphasise the true star of Manor: the captivating dialogue.

Spoonfed

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