It’s Carnage on stage at Welwyn Garden City theatre
PUBLISHED: 11:40 10 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:40 10 April 2016
A “funny, if somewhat uncomfortable, play” has opened in Welwyn Garden City.
The God of Carnage is the latest production at the Barn Theatre.
Yasmina Reza’s award-winning comedy of manners, minus the manners, is a whirlwind of fun, brilliantly translated by Christopher Hampton, and a treat for all ages – except perhaps those with small ears and delicate sensibilities.
As the evening progresses, a simple meeting degenerates into four parents getting into irrational arguments, with the discussion going far beyond the matter at hand.
It’s fitting that this play should be in the hands of director Hannah Sayer, who two years ago arrived at the Barn with a fresh and uncompromising eye to direct her first play, Bouncers, which went on to win several awards at the 2014 Welwyn Drama Festival.
She said: “I knew nothing about the play, or the writer, when Coral [Walton, the Barn’s artistic director] offered it to me, so I read it two or three times and sketched the room in my head and then I could see it.
“The more you read, the more you see – you recognise yourself and others. It’s 90 minutes long and the flow of the piece is best served without an interval. I don’t think a playwright sets out to write a short play – they write and worry about the form afterwards.”
She added: “Audiences don’t need to lose out though – the bar will be open as usual and you can have your coffee and ice cream, and a chat with the cast, after the show.”
Jon Brown plays Alain, and Josie Matthews his wife, Annette.
Suzie Majors takes on the role of Véronique and her husband Michael is played by Simon Parr.
Hannah added: “It’s a very funny, if somewhat uncomfortable, play.
“It makes me incredibly grateful that I went to boarding school so my mother never had to get involved in such spats and thankfully was largely unaware of my behaviour. Which was faultless, obviously!”
The God of Carnage runs at the Barn Theatre in Handside Lane until Saturday, April 16.
There are performances nightly at 8pm, with an additional matinee on the final Saturday of the show’s run.
Tickets cost £12. They can be bought online at www.barntheatre.co.uk or from the box office on 01707 324300, Monday to Saturday 8am to 7pm, and 7pm to 8.30pm on performance nights.