December 7 2013 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, October 20, 2013
POTTERS Bar Theatre Company’s production of Arthur Miller classic A View From The Bridge can be seen on stage at Tilbury Hall next week.
Love, honour, betrayal, revenge… all have been timeless themes for drama since the days of the ancient Greeks.
And rarely have they been better portrayed in the modern age than through the words of Arthur Miller. Just think Death of a Salesman, or The Crucible.
Miller’s other great masterpiece, A View From The Bridge, comes to town courtesy of Potters Bar Theatre Company later this month.
And love, honour, betrayal and revenge are all there in bucket-loads. Not to mention a few dark secrets waiting to be brutally uncovered.
The story revolves around longshoreman Eddie Carbone and his family – wife Beatrice and niece Catherine.
Their humble, but carefree world is turned upside down when Beatrice’s cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, arrive in Brooklyn from Italy as illegal immigrants.
At first they are welcomed with open arms into the close-knit community, but the harmony soon starts to unravel as Catherine and Rodolpho fall in love.
Is Eddie’s determination to shield her simply avuncular protection?
Or does it indicate something more sinister? When we find out, it’s too late to prevent the most tragic of endings.
Set in 1950s New York, A View From the Bridge addresses difficult social and psychological issues, exploring the power of a community to both condemn and redeem.
It has a pretty good back-story, too.
“Miller first heard Eddie’s story when researching a screenplay about corruption in the New York docks for his friend, film director Elia Kazan,” explains director, Hawkshead Road resident Mike Crisp.
“That project was interrupted by Senator Joe McCarthy’s House of Un-American Activities Committee, which put pressure on Columbia Pictures to turn the evil mobsters into communists.
“Miller, who always stubbornly refused to name names to the committee, walked away from the movie in disgust.
“But Kazan was more than happy to oblige the politicians, and hired a different screenwriter for what would become the multi-Oscar-winning On the Waterfront, starring Marlon Brando.
“Miller, meanwhile, wrote A View From the Bridge. It is widely considered to be his answer to what he considered his friend’s meek surrender to authority.
“A metaphoric fight between two great artists, if you like.”
The show runs at Tilbury Hall, United Reformed Church, in Darkes Lane, from Tuesday, October 22 to Saturday, October 26.
Performances start at 7.30pm, with an additional matinée at 2.30pm on the Saturday.
Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £8 for under 18s, with senior citizen concessions at £9 for the Tuesday evening and Saturday matinée performances.
There is a £1 per ticket discount for bookings of 10 full-price seats or more for the same performance.
Tickets can be bought over the phone on 07985 542204, or by post to PBTC Box Office, P O Box 154, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 2WB (cheques payable to ‘Potters Bar Theatre Company’, please include a stamped addressed envelope).
Alternatively you can book online at www.pottersbartheatrecompany.co.uk – booking fee applies.