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Glastonbury The Play - Exclusive launch night review

20 October 2002

Glastonbury The Play - we went to Wales for this

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Unlike Champion though, his model girlfriend Babe doesn't hate festivals, but as it dawns on her that he's in love with the starlet he promotes and doesn't want her anymore she doesn't really know what to do. Though she offers herself to Freddy, she refrains from giving in to Nevin, a 31 year old Essex builder determined to inflict his anger on anyone.

Alongside a stereotypical Scourser and bullish security guard, their trails all manage to intertwine as the love twist story spirals towards tragedy. Freddy and Marie are in love, Babe is in love with Champion who is in love with Seline Prima, who subsequently sacks him, spurring him on to try his luck with Marie, who's only reason for being there is to see Seline. Pissed off that he's lost his mates, Nevin spends the weekend off his head determined to intrude on anyone and take it out on genuine people like Freddy.

Hardened music journos that we are, we're not going to try and offer any drama critique; but with a claim of wanting to capture the essence of Glasto totally fulfilled, any slight shortcomings it may have had as a 'piece of theatre' can thus be overlooked. The characters are all very stereotypical, but they perfectly encapsulate the individuals you're like to meet. There's never any let up in the story, and though we weren't treated to any live music - (licensing problems after tonight's event got moved to a more residential area), the sharp, biting and often hilarious script keep out minds off the cold for ninety minutes. Glastonbury The Play, like the festival, is quite unlike anything you will have ever seen. We can't comment on the idea of it being 'an event' in itself, (though the Brighton and Manchester legs which feature bands like Electric Soft Parade and Haven should be good), but as a piece of festival based post-modern art-theatre it's incredibly enjoyable, and unmissable for anyone with an interest in Glastonbury.


GLASTONBURY THE PLAY - THE TOUR DATES

Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th October -
Manchester Whitworth Park

Wednesday 30th to Saturday 2nd  November -
Birmingham Cannon Hill Park

Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th November -
Brighton The Gardner Arts Centre

Order from the VF Ticket Store - 15 each or 10 concessions. Don't try climbing the fence.

Each performance of Glastonbury  features brief performances from musicians and DJs who feature as part of the storyline. The list of acts and DJs now performing within Glastonbury  are New Order (in Manchester), UB40 and Ocean Colour Scene (in Birmingham) and variously, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Electric Soft Parade, Artful Dodger, The Candy's, British Sea Power, Alpine Stars, Haven, Skint Records, Maximum Roach, The Levellers,George Thompson, Jean Jaques Smoothie, Dynamo Dresden, Jo Watson, Jim (Shaft) Ryan, Angel, Jon DaSilva, Dave Beer, Bez, Siamese, Lotte, Martin Green.



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Article by: Andrew Future
Thanks to: BBC Ben and Alex for helping me rescue the beer and Ros for being as photogenic as she was pissed.

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