Following an extended family in rural England, Private Resistance is the ultimate "What If" scenario.
|Tom & Frank.|
The plot was
well structured and easy for the audience to follow. It was unravelled slowly through the way the characters interacted with each other and what they said. A real sense of the era was conveyed through the language used in the script; common slang from the time was used correctly and helped the audience to connect with the characters as though they were not fictional. The premise of the play was build solidly on historical facts with the expected fictional changes.
|Diane (stood) & Prue (sat).|
The stage itself was simple, yet effective. The backdrop was a message, from the Ministry of Information, that read: “Freedom is in peril. Defend it with all your might.” which links perfectly with the storyline. The props were not a distraction from the actors and were utilised well. Cleverly masked behind the screen was the inside of an OB (Operational Bunker used by the AUs), which essentially created two different, contrasting settings. Costume and makeup helped the characters come to life; it was clear that the 1940’s style had been well researched.
|Prue & Wilf.|
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