Review: Cracked at the Harlow Playhouse

Harlow Playhouse / Wed 8th Feb 2017 at 12:06pm


Cracked by Carly Godfrey-Bridger

CRACKED follows the template of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Next by Ken Kesey, that is to say, we are taken to a psychiatric ward and introduced to several inmates and staff. The lead character is a head-strong person (Ellen played by Gailie Anderson) who is headstrong and anti-authoritarian.

But this is not a lame karaoke version of “Nest” but as the play unravels it develops a character of its own. Firstly, much of it is down to the sharp script by its author, Carly Godfrey-Bridger. The character of Ellen can only really succeed with a number of cracking one liners as well as longer passages as the story unfolds.

But the character of Ellen is a challenge and fortunately it is portrayed by Gailie Anderson who really brings depth and edge to the role as well as cracking delivery.

This was a well paced play with each character neatly drawn. They interacted so well and made this reviewer want to see more of the actors in other performances.

There were a number of times that you laughed out loud but this pay also made you think a great deal. The cast including Doug Michael Thomas, Carol Parradine, Cat Stewart, Sean Burke, Michael Boyton and Alex Stewart brought great depth to their roles as they delivered a fascinating, funny but also poignant play.

We look forward to seeing Carly’s next play.

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