THE Marco Players tackle one of Tennessee Williams' most famous plays with impressive results.
A Streetcar Named Desire is a savage and passionate play centred around Blanche DuBois, an alcoholic, faded Southern belle without a dime to her name, who turns up at her sister's house in New Orleans. As soon as she arrives, there is conflict between her and her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski - a macho, working class man filled with resentment. He has no time for Blanche's eyelash fluttering, delusions of grandeur and flights of fancy, with devastating results.
Julie Hall puts in a phenomenal performance as Blanche, conveying her fragility, neediness and nervousness — she did not put a foot wrong throughout the production.
Ben Latham is also outstanding as Stanley, who puts in a fierce performance as the cruel character.
The rest of the strong includes Gail Costello as his wife Stella, James Haslam as Blanche's love interest Mitch and Connor O'Beirne as one of Stanley's poker playing pals.
The costumes were spot-on — particularly Blanche's, who is seen wearing an array of dresses befitting the type of woman she longs to be seen as.
Expect an impassioned and, at times, loud performance of a drama which explores themes including desire, loneliness and mental illness.
If you fancy your Saturday night viewing with a little more substance than on offer on the TV, then get yourself along to The Marco Players’ final performance of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Review by Melanie Wallwork