Review - Tony's Last Tape, Omnibus Theatre
We were invited to Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre to see Tony’s Last Tape. I’ve always enjoyed the theatre experiences at The Omnibus, such a great local venue showcasing an exciting range of work, to be enjoyed over a glass of wine.
Andy Barrett’s play Tony’s Last Tape, is based on the diaries of one of Britain’s most recognised politicians, Tony Benn. The play sees Benn (Philip Bretherton) in his study thinking over his life, his friends, rivals, and political career. Philip Bretherton gives a great solo performance for the 75 minutes. He not only embodies Benn’s voice, appearance and mannerisms, but, brings the audience into emotions of Benn reflecting over his very eventful life, the good, the bad, the right and the wrong decisions.
Along with the emotion, there is a lovely mix of wit and humour throughout the play. The writer Andy Barrett, has used Benn’s legacy and experiences and mixed it with much of the present. It’s very thought provoking given the current political landscape.
All set within Benn’s cluttered study, rather than just sitting at the desk and talking at the audience, the character potters around, rummaging in desk drawers and bookcases, frequently stumbling on long-forgotten objects that spark new memories and anecdotes, with a very funny scene involving a children’s megaphone.
In all, Tony’s Last Tape is a wonderful and fascinating insight into Tony Benn, a touching play that will entertain everyone whatever your political views.
Tony’s Last Tape is on at The Omnibus Theatre, Clapham until 20th April.
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