The International Writers Magazine:UK Theatre
by Ted Lewis
Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway
RED SHIFT THEATRE COMPANY
Set in a Northern Steel town, "Get
Carter" is a gritty, brutal, fast moving, violent, drama,
which takes you on a roller coaster ride through the dark side
of life in the underworld of the 1970s. It is a tale of
investigation and retribution following the death of Jack Carters
brother, Frank, and as Jack uncovers a network of corruption,
sexual abuse and bribery, in the small-time gangland culture,
it becomes obvious that he is living his life on borrowed time.
Will he achieve the revenge he is seeking in time?
The violence in
the play is portrayed stylistically, using sound and slow motion to
depict the aggressive scenes, with the stage gradually becoming a blood
bath. The violence is acted out almost in a matter of fact way, as if
it is an integral part of life, and is all the more shocking in the
normality of it. The soundtrack, a selection of musical clips from the
1960s, is relevant to the dialogue, and is used in such a way to make
it more powerful.
The set is imaginative, using a box-like structure with a row of lockers,
which changes into wardrobes, entrances and urinals. The stage is gradated
to give the impression of space. The scenes are changed from kitchen,
to bar, to bedroom, and back to locker room, by the cast, using two
benches and excellent lighting. At times it is easy to forget the background
set actually remains the same, as you become caught up in the fast-moving
action of the play.
Jack Lord confidently plays Jack Carter, a moody, determined, relentless
"bad boy" and is complemented by Tim Weekes, who plays Jacks
dead brother, Frank. Weekes plays four other characters with strength
and surety including Eddie, Thorpe, Maurice and The Postmaster. The
remaining four cast play 16 characters between them, switching roles
energetically, in a fast-moving, dynamic pace. Kieron Jecchinis is confident
as Kinnear, Brumby, Albert, Con and Les Fletcher. Daniel Copeland has
a broad range of alternated accents and characters to handle, which
he does with confidence and conviction.
Especially notable are Sally Orrock and Angela Ward, who play the six
female roles between them. Sally plays across a range of ages and characters,
works well with Jack as Edna Garfoot, and her portrayal as the Old Madam
is excellent. Angela plays a very strong and feisty Doreen Carter, an
impudent and cheeky Glenda, and Audrey Fletcher.
This is a strong ensemble, of multi-talented actors, who complement
each other to present an exciting, well-timed play, which is action
packed and powerful on all levels. It is an exceptionally fine piece
of contemporary theatre, which has been translated from the original
film track by Jonathan Holloway.
Recently performed in The Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham and at The
New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth, Redshift are touring Get Carter from
October, 2005 until March 2006.
For more information on dates contact the company at www.redshifttheatreco.co.uk
© Chris Churcher Dec 14th 2005
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