★★★★ Dal Segno: Friday Night at the Gig
Joseph Morley has obviously lived a fulsome life as a musician over many years and his new play, Dal Segno: Friday Night at the Gig, encapsulates a fascinating snap shot of the life of a disparate group of seven freelance musicians who play in a resident band at a club-venue.
Set in 1979, Dal Segno has some cleverly observed minutiae of time with some wonderful pointers to the mascots of the era, most notably the Sony Walkman, although a telephone answering machine was also up there as a must-have in some households!
Morley takes us into the intimate confines of the band-room and we become aware of the personalities and frailties of the disparate, even seemingly unconnected, musicians. A slow exploration of their fears, anxieties, hopes, thrills and associations slowly expose a far more personal bond between this seemingly disparate group of men.
Director Julia Faulkner cleverly manages the large cast in the confines of the band-room, yet ensures the ultimately linked elements of the story are not squandered. Terence Frisch as Ron cleverly holds together the many elements of story, Theo Watt as Chris betrays the enthusiasm of youth with great sincerity and Kevin Wathen as Mike is the skilled musician - equally skilled in his private life and his life’s experiences. This is one smartly observed set of characters, all intrinsically linked, all completely pertinent to the ultimate denouement and tremendously portrayed by a superb ensemble.
Dal Segno: Friday Night at the Gig is yet another excellent production at the Theatre at the Tabard, ensuring the run of splendid work in the current season continues apace!
DAL SEGNO FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE GIG!
Author: JOSEPH MORLEY Director: JULIA FAULKNER
Cast: THEO WATT: Chris
MAX KINDER: Alex
FRANK SIMMS: Derek
KEVIN WATHEN: Mike
ADAM SOPP: Adrian
VINCENT SHIELS: Brian
TERENCE FRISCH: Ron
CLAIR GLEAVE: Cheryl/Lisa/Laura/Karen/Sylvia
Creatives: Producer PERELIA PRODUCTIONS
Director JULIA FAULKNER
Designer B & J
Lighting Designer SAM OWEN
Sound Designer DENISHA PARMENTER
Costume Designer ALICE MCNICHOLAS
Fight & Intimacy Director ENRIC ORTUNO
Sax/Flute/Trumpet Consultant NICK NORTON-SMITH
Production Assistant ANGIE LAWRENCE
Stage Manager DENISHA PARMENTER
Casting Director SARAH CARLETON
THEATRE AT THE TABARD
2 Bath Road Chiswick W4 1LW
21st June – 8th July
Tuesday - Friday 7.30pm
Saturdays 2pm & 6pm
Tickets: £23.50 / £19.50
Box Office: 020 8995 6035