My Bedsit Window – Review by Frances Winston
An aspiring actor called William Blake navigates the trials and tribulations of pursuing a career in the arts meeting both colourful and dubious characters along the way. That is the premise of this play written by and starring David Gilna whose last self penned work the Gift of Lightening is currently being adapted into a movie.
This play is what I like to call “faction” as it takes many of David’s real life experiences, sprinkles them with a little artistic licence and intersperses them with fictitious moments.
The temptation with shows like these is often to make it a one man offering but Gilna has wisely avoided this and has two other actors – Steven Agnew and Anthony Blake – on stage to act out the various characters he meets on his travels. From William’s friends reaction when they learn that he enjoys drama, to his experiences in the offices of the Social Welfare, to his big move to London in search of stardom and the almost perquisite bar work undertaken by so many actors this crams a lot into it’s 40-45 minute running time.
The arc of the story is good and Gilna’s energy as he shares it is infectious. Agnew and Blake do a good job transforming into a vast array of characters throughout. With a stage that is bare except for three stools the actors really have to physically work to create the world of the play for us and they all do a commendable job. There is plenty of humour in this and at the lunchtime show I attended all their jokes hit their mark with the audience – a good sign as lunchtime audiences can often be less animated than evening audiences without the benefit of a couple of pre-show glasses of wine.
The very final scene is somewhat unnecessary as the show reaches an organic conclusion a couple of minutes beforehand but other than that this is an extremely entertaining watch. It also serves as a somewhat cautionary tale to those who think that there is such a thing as overnight success.
My Bedsit Window runs in Theatre Upstairs, Lanigans Bar, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
DATES: Tuesday, April 8th – Saturday, April 19th
1PM Performances: Tuesday – Saturday
(April 8th – 12th / April 15th – 19th)
7PM Performances: Thursday – Saturday
(April 10th – 12th / April 17th – 19th)
Venue: Theatre Upstairs, Lanigans Bar, Eden Quay, Dublin 1.