WEDNESDAY, MAR. 28: The God of Carnage exposed the true hideousness of the human character in all its pretence and, self-serving glory.
The Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society’s production was excellently directed by Christian Jones who, through his able actors, created utter mayhem on stage.
He must have told them to go all out in their portrayal of two couples who let their emotions get the better of them during a supposedly civilised meeting.
The spouses Veronica (Laura Bardgett), Michael (Alan Brooks), Alan (Robbie Godfrey) and Annette (Lizzy Hadler) had gathered to discuss an altercation between their sons that had resulted in one of the boys’ teeth being knocked out. But as alcohol breaks down the barriers, the adults end up fighting worse than children.
Bardgett shone as the wannabe peacekeeper of nations who saw herself as an expert on Africa and in particular “Daarfooor”. The truth is, she probably couldn’t pacify a minor domestic tiff. Her romanticised image of Africa is hilariously portrayed through her wistful watching of Born Free — a far cry from that war-ravaged region of Darfur.
It must be said that the set was absolutely fantastic, which was pulled together by multi-talented director of the show Christian Jones.
Friends of BMDS must have taken a few trips to Africa as the living room space was covered from floor to ceiling with African style masks, statues, embroidered cushions and hangings.
It was a real team effort — the credits in the programme stretch to almost 20 people for the set alone. A great job for such a small stage.
Alan Brooks came into his own when he began to lose his temper after a few wines. The rage was really quite shocking in comparison to his formerly subservient nature.
Hadler’s was another character that changed dramatically — from meek and compromising to vindictive to, well, just plain sloppy. It was very amusing to watch.
Godfrey did the ‘lawyer who’s to busy to care about anything but work’ convincingly.
As the characters started to get drunk the pace picked up and up. The middle section of the play, originally by Yazmina Reza, could have been cut down a bit to take us more quickly to the drunken activities. All the madness built and built until near the end of the play, things got so out of hand that one of the actors accidentally slipped and fell face down on the couch.
This play is not for the faint hearted, or weak stomached I might add.
God of Carnage continues at Daylesford Theatre until March 31.