On 13th May 2016, my writing group and I went to watch the play Private Lives by Noël Coward. Due to our next planned project (writing a play), we decided it would be a great idea to go and watch as many plays as we could. So when we spotted that the Oldbury REP theatre had a play on, we jumped at the chance to go.
As I am also keen on returning to play writing, I was excited to see the play. I have seen many musicals – the last one was Hairspray – but I haven’t watched many plays, even though I loved writing them when I was younger.
The play, Private Lives is a 1930 comedy of manners. This is a type of entertainment that satirizes the behaviour in a particular social group – this is something new to me. The three-act play is about a divorced couple who find that they are staying in adjacent rooms while honeymooning with their new spouses.
I thought this kind of play wouldn’t be able to hold my attention (I’m a daydreamer); however, I was proved wrong. My gaze was fixed on the stage from start to finish. I laughed throughout the play, and I was impressed by the language used. The cast did a brilliant job, and the set was better than I expected from a smaller theatre. I also learned how prompts are given to the actors to allow the dialogue to flow smoothly.
It was a lovely evening, and I can’t wait to see the next play, which will be 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow.
You can read Percy’s full report of the play on our Oldbury Writing Group website.
My latest, Writing Times Magazine, article can be found at the link below.