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Diary of Ann Frank adapted by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett from The Diary of a Young Girl; an OOOH ARR production at the Rondo Theatre, Larkhall, Feb 7th – 10th 7.30pm.

Perhaps one of the best known tragedies of the 20th century, this retelling nonetheless grips from start to finish. It’s a well written play and performed exceptionally well by all, the cast seeming to become the characters they portray.

Two families living in attic rooms for a couple of years, thus every foible becomes exaggerated in the claustrophobic surroundings.

Ann (stunning performance by Lottie Elcoate) is the brightest spark amongst them, extracts from her diaries punctuating the events as time passes.

It’s a comprehensive set, accompanied by atmospheric lighting plus sound effects from the threatening world outside.
As current politics seem to polarise the world it’s not a bad time to be reminded how dangerous that can be, reminding one of John Donne’s, “ Never send to know for whom the bell tolls.”

Should play to a packed house every night.

 

 

*****

Philip Horton