Be still my beating heart

  • Date : 15th June 2017
The way Matthew Campling has written and directed his own work The English Heart immediately outlines he has a biting wit a  wicked love for satire and the urgent need to express a very precise comment and view he wants to  make on society in general. The time period of the play starts around the vote for Brexit and finishes just period to the election that has just taken place for real. Campling’s grasp on the snobbery attached to class , social climbing , political  ignorance and pure ambition is cleverly woven into a script that tells a story of 3 people , Anya Williams as Marie, Andrew Jardine as Andre and a very cute  Jake  Williams as Jake. This menage a Trois  is played out with an air of drawing room sophistication and the laughs at times subtle and  at others very loaded especially the ones that have a political value to them form the bases of a very clever exchange of dialogue. Campling’s obvious aptitude  for the use of political metaphor is without doubt here. Also there is a tender side too this play  as he also suggests a heart if broken can be mended  even if you think its an impossible task to do so. This play also offers an indicment on the current state  of world affairs with  attitudes  towards political , moral and  sexual  freedom thrown in the mix for good measure. I liked this based upon my own principle. ‘if one is prepared to make one’s own bed then be prepared to lay in it.  A timely play, worth a look with a cast that have gelled together and pulled off a very amusing and sexy  look at rural county living
4 stars , runs to the 2nd July , Etcetera Theatre,265 Camden High Street NW1 7BU Box office 020 7482 4857

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