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A Night In November - Blaha/Owen/Miles-Thomas Productions (page 138)

Drams Absolutely not necessary
Venue Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)
Address Bristo Square
Reviewer Thelma Good

From the playwright of Stones in His Pockets, Marie Jones, comes this one man play about a Northern Irish Protestant and his journey from bigotry to something else, but without an actor of Marty Maguire's virituosity there would have been no standing ovation or tearful, moved faces. With his performance, it's a searing indiment of what racialism and closed minds can do, but also a celebration of one man's seeing through and moving triumphantly beyond bigotry.

Kenneth is just a dole clerk, nothing special, making life just a bit more beautocratically difficult for his RC clients, hoping to get into the golf club, strangely all Protestant. But it's not just Kenneth we get to know, Marty Maguire brings every character sharp and divided before you. There's his wife earnestly buried in keeping up with the other protestants, not a political notion in her head, or many loving ones either, the bigots on the Windsor Park terrace who cause Kenneth to have his Paulinen moment when he starts to question all he was taught to think about the other side and Britian. Kenneth finds himself straying away, find out things aren't quite as they were painted and the journey he has is revealing and insightful about predujdice and those all too rare times it's overthrown.

But what is truely outstanding is this production, with on the pulse direction by American Tim Byron Owen and the acting heart of it, Marty Maguire, word on the street was it could change your life see it and it's true it does. It's awarded my last Good's Great of this Fringe.
© Thelma Good 26 August 2002 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com
Runs until 26 August
Company - Blaha/Owen/Miles-Thomas Productions

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