Studio Theatre, Ashley Road Salisbury

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Reviews of Jamaica Inn

The Fine Times Recorder reviews Jamaica In as follows:

There are exceptionally charismatic performances by Anthony von Roretz as Joss Merlyn and Daniel Coffey as his horse stealing brother Jem – a real Ross Poldark sort of villain.

George Cotterill brings a mesmerising dread to the role of the terrified Patience and Emily Prince is the plucky Mary, with Alistair Faulkner as the albino vicar of Altarnun, the man who provides a sanctuary for the confused heroine. He also designed the clever set, incorporating the inn, the road, the cliff, the local town and the vicarage and allowing energetic travel between them all.

It’s a real chiller, from the swirling mists that welcome the audience to the tolling of the distant bell – well worth a visit. It’s on until Saturday 12th October. GP-W

The Fine Times Recorder is ‘The website for food, arts, travel, events, leisure and lifestyle in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire andjust a little beyond’ – you can read their full review at Fine Times Recorder – Jamaica Inn Review.

Karen Robson in the Daily Echo wrote:

Daphne du Maurier’s full-blooded story of murderous wreckers on the Cornish coast was cleverly adapted by the late David Horlock in 1990. With an impressive set and great use of sound, director Linda Hayman has created a wonderful new staging of this adaption, deeply evocative of place and period.

Strongly acted and tightly paced, this was a production of great power that kept the audience in its iron grip throughout. Emily Prince gave a compelling and heartfelt performance as the heroine Mary. Anthony von Roretz commanded as the bullying haunted Joss Merlyn, his descent into drunken madness, as he tried to find respite from his crimes in the bottom of a brandy bottle, being particularly well handled. Alistair Faulkner (Davey) was all the more chilling for being a benign and rational face of evil, while Daniel Coffey imbued the amoral Jem Merlyn with the right amount of charisma.

Karen Robson

Morwenna Blake from the Salisbury Journal wrote:

The first known stage adaption of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn was by David Horlock and performed at Salisbury Playhouse in 1990.

Horlock, artistic director at the theatre, was tragically killed in a car accident during its run.

Studio Theatre has gone to great pains to track down his unpublished script for this run, and it is a well-crafted version of the classic novel.

The set is great and the forbidding atmosphere of the bleak moors and smuggler-ridden coast is very much in evidence.

But where other recent Studio shows have impressed with their professionalism, this one is a little lacking.

Emily Prince puts in an able performance in the central role of Mary Yellan, a young woman who goes to stay with her aunt and uncle at the strange and forbidding inn on the Cornish moors around Bodmin following the death of her mother.

George Cotterill as her bullied and abused aunt admirably portrays how frightened and cowed the character is, while Alistair Faulkner gives a very good performance as Francis Davey and Daniel Coffey is likable and charming as Jem Merlyn.

The full review is at REVIEW: Jamaica Inn (From Salisbury Journal)


This entry was posted on October 16, 2013 by in Reviews.
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