A Judgement In Stone | Review | 28th July 2017

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A Judgement In Stone, Milton Keynes Theatre

Reviewed by Becky Mary on the 28th of July 2017, Evening performance

★★

Sadly not as engaging as anticipated. Lacking in many departments making it seem like an amateur production.

A Judgement in stone, a classic thriller novel by Ruth Rendell adapted to the stage. A story of murder with unusual motives behind the brutal killing of the Coverdale Family. The show starts with two investigators, trying to figure out who the killer was they question various people who were employed by the Cloverdale Family including Ms Parchman the newly employed housemaid. It soon starts to unravel when they find out that someone’s story is not adding up.

Sadly the show itself was pretty poor in some areas which made it feel like I was watching a production done by an amateur theatre group. On first sights the set was too small for the stage meaning that they had to use curtains to cover the space not used. This would have been okay if only the curtains did not show the edge of the set panels making it look damaged and tacky. Alongside this the story line did not have much interest within it, it lacked creating an on edge atmosphere and grabbing the attention of us as an audience. Projection of lines was also a problem for us as an audience member, most of the time not being able to hear some of the actors.

The characters themselves were not executed well, some topics such as the step brother supposedly being in love with the step sister did not add anything to the story and was untasteful at times. The character Miss Smith who is a committed church goer I think crossed the line of being offensive with a lot of the audience around me stating it was over the top and unnecessary.

Overall I would say that it is not something that appeals to everyone, maybe more suited towards people who like plays that are simple.

A Judgement in Stone will be playing at Milton Keynes Theatre until the 29th July 2017.

Tickets can be purchased here – http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/a-judgement-in-stone/milton-keynes-theatre/

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