'And No More Shall We Part' By Tom Holloway
Griffin Theatre Company, The Stables Theatre 2011
Director Sam Strong
Set and Costume Designer Victoria Lamb
Sound Designer and Composer Kelly Ryall
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
With Linda Cropper and Russell Kiefel
Photos by Victoria Lamb and Brett Boardman
August 5th 2011 11:04 am | Theatre | Review - By Diana Simmonds
The Stables stage is miraculously transformed into Pam's suburban bedroom and the couple's home through a design by Victoria Lamb (lighting by Verity Hampson) that has the audience in it with them. That's only partially because of the physical closeness of the space, largely it's because Lamb has created a place that's both stylized and realistic. So the drama (not real) and the story (not real but real, if you see what I mean) are compressed and rendered vivid in the extreme.
August 4, 2011 – 3:27
pm, by Lloyd Bradford Syke
Practically every centimeter has been utilized, and ingeniously, too: a doorframe at the top of the stairs defines a hallway and alludes to other rooms, other parts of a house, home and lives; intimacies and secrets accumulated over a lifetime, just as ice cream-makers and fondue sets consume the garage space.
A gauze curtain and Verity Hampson’s precise lighting design hides a 50s vintage back room behind the lonely deathbed, making for an expansive, wholistic set, a veritable suburban home away from home. And the subtle fades of lights calibrate the undulations of mood beautifully. This is award-worthy craft indeed. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/curtaincall/2011/08/04/review-and-no-more-shall-we-part-griffin-theatre-sydney/
Time out magazine Review by Darryn King
The audience enters the theatre through Pam and Don’s bedroom doorway. It’s lovely mise-en-scène, of course, by designer Victoria Lamb, but not just that. It adds to the profound sense that we’re visitors in this couple’s most private of spaces, prying on their most personal moments – and to the feeling that everything is so shockingly real.
Feel free – as many did on opening night – to help yourself from Pam and Don’s plush tissue box on your way out. http://www.au.timeout.com/sydney/theatre/events/20972/and-no-more-shall-we-part
Sydney Morning Hearald review by John Shand
The drama unfolds in a bedroom and kitchen of the couple's home. Victoria Lamb's design cleverly leaves the deathbed in the foreground to haunt the upstage flashback sequences in the kitchen.http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/theatre/sometimes-silence-is-the-most-eloquent-answer-20110804-1idcr.html#ixzz1UI6dOrZv
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