I was lucky enough to be taken along to see To Kill A Mockingbird at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as a corporate hospitality guest. Unluckily it was on a very wet and very cold British “summer” night.
But did the weather dampen my enjoyment of this Jem of a production? Absolutely not!
|Beautiful setting! The stage at the beginning of the performance.|
Nestled in the centre of London’s Regent’s Park is the Open Air Theatre, a lovely amphitheatre where every summer a variety of plays are performed, whatever the weather. My cousin and I went along thinking that as we hadn’t paid for our tickets (she was given them as a work perk) if it was too wet and cold we’d just escape to the nearest pub! And whilst the actors had to stop their performance halfway through the first half due to the driving rain, we were enjoying it so much there was no way we were leaving!
The staging was beautifully simple with just a bare stage, other than the obligatory fairy lights and a single tree, and the actors came on and drew the outline of a street and houses with chalk. Whilst a couple of props were used at various points, the chalk drawings were the only visual representations used to set the scene, and the rest was done by the beautiful storytelling and engaging acting. The childishness of the drawings also enhanced the fact that To Kill A Mockingbird is told through the eyes of 6 year old Scout.
The acting was absolutely superb, particularly from the three child actors Lucy Hutchinson, Gus Barry and Sebastian Clifford who played Scout, Jem and Dill respectively. Their comic timing was impeccable, their accents were spot on and they were always in character. From my experience it is very rare to see a production where child actors not only are on a par with their adult counterparts but actually outshine them.
P.S Check out this soggy camel I spotted in London Zoo on my walk through Regent’s Park on my way to the Open Air Theatre! I looked even more bedraggled by him at the end of the performance! 🙂
I live in Brixton in London. I eat out far too much, am always planning my next trip and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter.