Posts Tagged ‘Jodhi May’

This first play by novelist Mark Haddon is about a young bi-polar woman’s life with her partner, brother and mother (and a guest appearance by a Geordie Jesus!).

It grabbed my attention at the outset and the drama built well for over an hour, then for some reason it lost me. The shifts in time aren’t always clear, though I think I managed to keep up. The main problem with the play its that it doesn’t seem to have a lot to say.

There are terrific central performances from Jodhi May and Richard Coyle and Jamie Lloyd’s staging is excellent, but I left feeling that it was a lot of talent given a few ideas to work with rather than a finished play. I think Haddon should have tried it out somewhere with a lower profile; it doesn’t do him or the Donmar any good to showcase what seems to me like work-in-progress.

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