For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

A two person play is do dependent on great casting and this play had it in spades. Lucy Peacock as Nana and Tom Rooney as the Narrator were both perfect. Tom Rooney was the quiet observer who grows up during the play, but always remains close to Nana. He sees through her bluster to the love behind it and loves her for it.
Lucy Peacock plays the part as a larger than life figure – a womn who wants attention and loves to tell stories to get it. The pace and volume are fast and loud and intense to the point of exhaustion for her and the audience.
I saw this play performed in French a few years ago and do not remember Nana being so intense, but it certainly worked for Lucy Peacock. The energy did not prevent her from bringing things down in the moments of tenderness. When she puts her arms around her son, you almost have to cry.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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2 Responses to For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

  1. This is one of my favourite Canadian plays and I was thrilled to see it on the playbill for this season. Then they announced the cast and I knew it would be amazing. These two do a wonderful job with this don't they? Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this production.Aaron KropfSocial and Online Media CoordinatorStratford Shakespeare Festival

  2. Keith says:

    Tom Rooney again showing another facet of his skill in a totally different role.However, it is Nana's play and from the moment Lucy Peacock bustled on at a hundred miles an hour I lost my concern that the long thrust of the Patterson would take away from this intimate two-hander.She managed to show all the noise and larger-than-life personality, without missing the tenderness and humour.A beautiful play beautifully done.

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