On paper, this production by Flying High Theatre Company, based on letters written to a young woman (the Lucy of the title) whose fiancé and brother both died towards the end of the First World War, sounded intriguing. I was looking forward to seeing how this was brought to life on stage, and to finding out how Lucy’s life was changed by these events and what happened to her afterwards.
However, for me, this production simply didn’t work. It seemed as though it couldn’t quite decide what it wanted to be; it was a mixture of theatre, music, audio sound bites, song and dance which didn’t sit comfortably together. The dramatic parts were well played, and it would have worked far better and been much more effective as a straightforward play. I was also constantly distracted by the costumes worn by the five cast members, which looked very poorly made, with loose threads clearly visible, and underskirts hanging down haphazardly, and didn’t bear any resemblance to dresses worn in 1918. Overall, it felt like the whole production had been put together far too quickly and needs a lot more work before it’s ready for an audience.
There are many excellent productions around commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War, but “Dear Lucy” unfortunately isn’t one of them.
Review by Lisa Sibbald
theSpace @ Niddry St - Upper Theatre (Round)
Aug 3-4, 6-11
Country: United Kingdom - England
Group: Flying High Theatre Company