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That Girl ★★★★★

That Girl ★★★★★

If like me you’re still thinking that 2000 was 10 years ago then think how worse I felt when I sat in the Old Red Lion Theatre about to watch a play written by and staring Hatty Jones.

Many of you may not know that name, (I was one of them as I’ve never actually seen the film but remember it clearly), Hatty played the title role in the film Madeline which came out in 1998 and yet here she was, grown up and my age! As you can imagine, it was mixed emotions all round.

Inspired by Jones’s experience as a child star and now finding herself grown up and living a ‘normal’ life, Jones plays herself living with a couple of girlfriends and working in advertising.

Jones seems to be clinging onto what was. She wants people to recognise her, wants the fan mail, wants the admiration all while pretending she doesn’t and that she’s put the role behind her. This attitude tests her friendship with her best friend Poppy played by Alex Reynolds.

With Jones holding onto her past fame, you can’t help but feel for the girl, it seems like everyone is moving on, getting boyfriends, moving out, yet Jones can’t seem to do that.

L-R Alex Reynolds, Will Adolphy, Hatty Jones

L-R Alex Reynolds, Will Adolphy, Hatty Jones

With supporting work from Renyolds and Will Adolphy who play two characters each, and with each character having a completely different demeanour from the last you didn’t get distracted from who was who especially when Adolphy has a quick 2 second character change over.

For Jones playwriting debut I don’t think there’s anything that could improve, she tackles the subject of Anxiety within the modern world perfectly and doesn’t overdo it.

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With the play being just under an hour, a lot was fitted in and said without having to be any longer.

Directed by Broken Silence’s artistic director Tim Cook (Adam and Eve) this is a great play to see if you’re anything like me and enjoy nostalgia and a few tinder jokes.

Overall quite a serious play, this show doesn't shy away from some really good laughs.

There’s also a few hidden gems within the set … but you’ll have to see it to find them.

That Girl is currently on at the Old Red Lion Theatre until the 15th September 2018

5/5

 

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