Of Mice and Men - All and Sundry Productions Ltd

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Performed at Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
2nd - 4th October 2014

By John Steinbeck
Directed by Andrew Corcoran

Set against the backdrop of the American Great Depression, John Steinbeck’s powerful and gripping masterpiece tells the story of two outsiders in search of the American Dream.





Principal Cast

Character

Performed by

Lennie

Mike Richardson

George

Oliver Davis

Candy

Roger Goddard

The Boss

John Armstrong

Curley

Ian Kimberely-Ryan

Curley's Wife

Tanith Parkes

Slim

Rory Dulku

Carlson

John Edwards-Bick

Whit

John Aubery

Crooks

Orphin Nanitelamio

   

Reviews

A student from one of the schools who came to 'Of Mice and Men' wrote a review of our show for their schoolwork . . .

The recent performance performed by the semi-professional acting group All and Sundry at the Crescent Theatre starts with George and Lennie strolling exhausted onto the stage. Their coarse American accents and Lennie’s child-like behaviour seem incongruous and inappropriate at first, but after a while they appear natural and normal. George, wonderfully played by Oliver Davis, is clearly hugely frustrated by his life, and complains bitterly at every opportunity, but it is Lennie who holds the audience’s attention, partly due to his size but also because of his unpredictability and his potential for disaster. As the play progresses he becomes increasingly a liability to those around him, like a young wild animal, and his fate becomes almost inevitable. The powerful ending to the play reminded me of a condemned man dragging his feet slowly towards the gallows - only it is George, not Lennie, who is taking the slow, final walk.

The bare, pale stage reflects the empty, colourless lives of the cast and contrasts vividly with the redness – representing danger – of Curley’s wife’s lipstick and dress and her husband’s shirt. The saddest aspect of the story is that the dreams and aspirations of all of the characters are all very modest and potentially achievable, but that a combination of human frailty and misfortune keep them permanently and tantalisingly out of reach.

Mention should be made of the supporting cast, who play their roles admirably, even though they are more caricatures than characters. Tanith Parkes is over-the-top as the dim-witted flirt, Curley’s wife, Ian Kimberley-Ryan plays her confrontational husband, aggressively looking to prove his masculinity at every opportunity and Congo-born Orphin Nanitelamio is the old, pessimistic Crooks. Credit should also go to eighteen-year old Rory Dulku for the maturity of his performance as Slim, who respects George and Lennie and acts as George’s conscience, allowing him to explain to the audience the reasons behind his frustrations.


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