Page 8, 29th April 1977

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Page 8, 29th April 1977 — Third time unlucky

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Third time unlucky

THE third play by Aldersgate Productions at the Westminster Theatre is Brother Francis.

It is good to be able to write about a Christian theatrical venture with enthusiasm, and I had looked forward to the third play, for St Francis was a promising subject.

Alas. not only did "Brother Francis" not measure up to the previous plays: it was not in the same professional league a poor. amateur attempt.

The authors arc Peter Albery and William Fry, but they have not written a play': rather they have assembled a chronicle df poor sketches. The word "dialogue" is hardly applicable, and as for creating a dramatic situation, words fail me.

The programme states that, William Fry also directed, but I fear he displays as little skill in this respect as he does as a playwright. I am surprised that anyone was

prepared to lend his name in the programme to the design of two tatty tents.

I would have been hard pushed to applaud the performances if they had been those of the local schoolchildren at their end-of-term performance.

I ant sorry to he so critical. Nothing would please me more than to be able to recommend a play about Si Francis at the Westminster Theatre, but it would he dishonest to recommend this production merely because the review appears in a religious paper.

I hope that the Westminster Theatre will be able to continue its Christian venture at the level of the last two plays and not make another mistake of this magnitude.


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