In this bold update, Jane Austen’s Convince Becoming a “funny, bouncy romance” nailed the contemporary “dating and mating game” as the original did in 1818, Georgina Brown said in Georgina Brown. Daily mail. Instead of “dignified bonnets and jigsaws for polite piano accompaniment,” it features “bikini, full-body dancing, and robot dance” for the likes of Robyn, Nicki Minaj and Dua Lipa. And the story takes place not in the discreet drawing rooms of Bath but on an elevated rectangular platform that “acts like a disco, catwalk, bubble-filled party” – and like a stage from which the high-handed heroine Anne can knock and knock out any character who becomes too tired. It was a “hoot”, and it got me “completely convinced”.
Full of “mischievous fun,” the Jeff James and James Yeatman adaptation proves that Austen was “ahead of her time,” Marianka Swain said in Daily telegram. And it’s backed up by some top-notch acting. Sasha Frost and Fred Fergus – as Anne and her former fiancé Captain Wentworth – “convey a complicated history and heartfelt depth of feeling in their slow, harrowing process of reconciliation.” . Miriam Gillinson in Guardians. And Helen Cripps and Dorian Simpson made laughs as the couple sniped Mary and Charles – and “the eccentric dance is practically a supporting character in its own right”. This is a “jolly silly” act. Convincebut with “just enough awareness (and sensitivity) to hold the whole thing together”.
I also find it silly – but, alas, “so childish,” says Quentin Letts in Sunday Times. There is “bad language,” colorful design, and disco music that is so “loud” that I sometimes struggle to hear the lines. It seems to me, however, that even in the “most frivolous moments,” the adaptation “retains the emotional core” of truth honoring Austen’s creativity while recreating it with wit. feigned “delirium,” Neil Norman told the Daily Express. “Ignorant it can be, it doesn’t respect it is not.”
Rose Theatre, Kingston, until March 19, then tours until May 14.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/theatre/956125/persuasion-theatre-review-jane-austen Theater Review: Convincing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston