The unseen but mesmerising spectre
of Marilyn Monroe looms large over Tryst’s entry
in the annual Welwyn Drama Festival next week.
Some Kind of Love Story by Arthur
Miller is an erotically-charged game of cat and mouse.
In the play, Angela (Rhona Law), a schizophrenic prostitute
who has multiple personality disorder, is visited by
Tom O’Toole (Brian Paterson), a private detective
and a former lover who is convinced that she is withholding
information about a murder case which has resulted in
a miscarriage of justice.
It’s said the piece is about Miller justifying
the ending of his disastrous marriage to the doomed
sex symbol, explains Director Alan Clark.
“Married in 1956, they were called "The
Egghead and The Hourglass" – he the acclaimed
intellectual playwright, she the dizzy screen goddess.
They divorced five years later.
“In Angela, we see all these sides of Monroe’s
fractured personality – exasperating, maddening,
selfish, manipulative, distraught, abused, fragile,
“It’s a wonderfully absorbing play in which
Rhona and Brian are totally convincing and at the very
top of their game.”
The critic Felix Epstein wrote: “Drowning in
submerged and unexplained baggage, Angela must range
from tenderness to an urgent body hunger that leaves
her shaking with an unsatisfied desire to a sexual staleness.
She must bring a raw ferocity to the part, shifting
from waif-like vulnerability to sexual aggression.”
Alan added: “Tryst are delighted to go to Welwyn,
one of our favourite destinations. The Campus West theatre
is great, the crew first-class, our ladies enjoy looking
at the hats in John Lewis and there is an excellent
late-night Chinese restaurant with fine house red –
what more do you need?”
Some Kind of Love Story will be staged
at Welwyn on Saturday June 11.