More great reviews for 2ND MAY 1997

Some more high praise for our current production of 2ND MAY 1997 in the latest reviews to hit the newstands.

"A superb 90 minutes," was Fiona Mountford's verdict in her four star review in The Evening Standard.

"Playwright Jack Thorne elegantly refracts the early hours of Blair through three very different relationships, introducing us to six uneasy souls who were, in various senses of the famous phrase, still up for Portillo. Here, the political cannot help but be personal," writes Fiona.

"The wonderfully intimate design puts a double bed centre stage, on which Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour supporters each take their refreshingly uncontrived turns. Director George Perrin has the confidence not to rush things but to allow this slow-burning yet richly rewarding drama the pauses and silences that it demands."

Credit from Fiona too for "the terrific Phoebe Waller-Bridge", who she appraised as "a bundle of unpredictable energy and unspecified trauma."

In Metro, Claire Allfree's four star review described the show as "an evening of gorgeous, understated naturalism that captures one historic night."

She says: "Thorne's poetic drama is concerned with the private negotiations of relationships, at the point at which they intersect with politics, and with the momentous date invoked as a literal and symbolic force for some sort of personal reckoning."

Praise too for "George Perrin's beautifully acted production."

There were only three stars in the Financial Times, but praise nevertheless from Sarah Hemming.

"Jack Thorne’s new play at the Bush, intriguingly, is not an exercise innostalgia or a political critique of Tony Blair’s New Labour. Instead, Thorne takes a momentous day in politics and looks at the way six people experience it.

"It is a curious play, but also a humane one that catches the poignancy of hope and disillusion. And it is beautifully delivered in George Perrin’s delicate production."

Sarah writes "there is a tenderness about it that is most attractive as it quietly ponders winners and losers, dawns and false dawns," and picks out "a difficult scene... excellently handled by Hugh Skinner and Phoebe Waller-Bridge," and Jamie Samuel who "movingly conveys his silent heartbreak".

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