Friday, 4 May 2012

The Harri-Parris Leaving Do

My cheek bones still hurt.
I have to write this post.
I have not laughed so continuously for a very long time.
And my children are very funny.

So, a friend says "Do you think you could make the theatre tomorrow night, I've got tickets for the Harri-Parris Leaving Do".
We're in luck, I'm working from home, and Tony will be home from squash by 7.
A quick bit of googling- what's this one about?
Hmmmmm..... it's a comedy....

I don't know about your sense of humour, I know what I find funny, and I know I find things funny which my husband and my friends and family don't.
So comedy in the theatre always rings a warning bell, if you don't know anything about the writer, but you know you find some comedians funny and others not, what are the chances....
And when you're told something is a comedy, well to me it's almost a challenge- I will not find this funny!

So, we're at the Sherman, we're in theatre 2, this really is theatre in your living room (although in this case, a living room in your theatre?), the audience is.... how do you say... diverse- from 16 to .... 60-ish.
How would this production bring this audience together?

Well, the answer would be "easily, within minutes."

I have no idea how this happened, Llinos Mai must be the most talented writer, ever. I know, from a tv point of view there's Gavin and Stacey and the Royale Family... and lots more, but this is the first time I've ever witnessed this in the theatre.

And, the range of theatre was so wide, I saw 'Choreographer' I wondered.
But, help me, I wanted to stop laughing, but I couldn't.
And when I looked across there were people tapping their feet along.

I really don't know what this post is about.
I do know that I don't want to give anything away, because I think everyone should go and experience this for themselves.
I think, if my husband did theatre, he would love it. It has so much commonality with the Yorkshire town from whence he came.
And I think anyone in work, from deepest darkest Norfolk would love it.
And anyone who thinks they can move like Beyonce...

The talent in this production is amazing, my first experience of 'grown-up' theatre in a while far from disappointed- I did not want to come home, I wanted to stay for Annie's next leaving do.

I really would recommend you see if you can get tickets for this, it would be worth a trip to Wales if you're not local.
Please look here to see if you can sort any tickets.

If you had asked me before I saw this if there is laughter in my life I would have categorically said 'yes'.
If you had asked me if it was enough, the answer would have been positive.
After tonight, can I remember the last time I laughed so much? Unfortunately for me the answer would be 'no'- and yes, I feel a LOT better for laughing so much.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary ticket for the performance, but it was not on the basis of a review, or this blog- I was just in the right place. The review is purely based on the dopamine released by the production.

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