23rd September 2011
Tartuffe lived up to every expectation and more as a hilarious and outrageous 350 year old classic had the audience at Grange Hall giggling, laughing, and charmed by the splendid performers, everyone of them bringing their multiple characters to life. The script, all in verse, was clever and flowed well and, according to an academic specialising in French literature in the audience, one of the best translations and closest to the original that she had seen.
Tartuffe, the religious imposter ‘ bad boy’ of the show, pranced and preened and drew the audience into his devilish plot to fool the wealthy merchant Orgon, to succeed in driving away the son, marry the daughter and seduce the wife. Ater twists and turns with the Company moving and miming in sequence, making full use of masks and otherdisguises to speed the plot along, the famous ‘table scene’considered by many to be the funniest comic set pieces ever written for the stage, really fired up the humour. Tartuffe, three centuries on has relevance that will continue to delight modern-day audiences. And the set and costumes were fantastic! The scandal is that Northumberland Theatre Company has lost its Arts Council Grant; after decades of success in entertaining audiences with top-quality theatre, its future is uncertain ….(A Village Ventures Event)
‘Fantastic musicians and they played music I have never heard before’
‘An unusual mix of sounds and rhythms’