Floyd Collins

Adam Guettel Tina Landau

Floyd Collins

Kentucky, 1925. Cave explorer Floyd Collins, dreams of finding fame and fortune underground. When a cave-in leaves him trapped 55 feet below the earth’s surface, the media circus above ground makes his personal tragedy a national sensation. 3.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
Floyd Collins

Omniscore:

Location London
Venue Southwark Playhouse
Director Derek Bond
Cast Kit Benjamin, Glenn Carter, Dayle Hodge, Robyn North, Donovan Preston, Ryan Sampson, Jane Webster Vlach Ashton
From February 2012
Until March 2012
Box Office 020 7407 0234
 

Kentucky, 1925. Cave explorer Floyd Collins, dreams of finding fame and fortune underground. When a cave-in leaves him trapped 55 feet below the earth’s surface, the media circus above ground makes his personal tragedy a national sensation.

Reviews

The Observer

Susannah Clapp

The music is part of its ambition. The subject – challengingly bleak and static for a musical (poor Floyd only gets to move in his dreams) – is another, reaching with underground imagery and above-ground satire into more than one world.

04/03/2012

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The Stage

Mark Shenton

Against a rich musical palette that draws on country, bluegrass and classical influences, Guettel’s songs have a heart-stopping brilliance in their own right, but they also serve to illuminate a rich dramatic tapestry, skilfully woven into Landau’s book, that’s utterly transfixing in its life and death stakes. Derek Bond’s astonishingly committed production delivers both its dramatic and musical qualities with piercing power and clarity.

29/02/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Dominic Cavendish

Bond and his team more than make the case for this as a neglected gem, rich in musical experimentation while honouring the sounds of the American Midwest. Somehow a potent journey is spirited from the most restrictive of situations.

01/03/2012

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The Times

Sam Marlowe

Guettel, the composer-lyricist, and Landau, the book-writer, fail to render the rescue attempts riveting either, so that what we are left with is a frustrating and repetitive show that, much like poor Floyd, goes nowhere slowly.

01/03/2012

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The Evening Standard

Fiona Mountford

What the piece lacks — but what the similarly themed Danny Boyle film 127 Hours had in ample doses — is a sense of time passing. Languor too often replaces urgency, in the musical as well as the rescue effort itself

08/03/2012

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The Guardian

Lyn Gardner

Derek Bond's staging, with its ample use of ladders, is clever and sometimes inspired; the shadowy, cavernous space becomes an extra character in the drama. But Southwark's vaults, always something of an acoustic tomb, sell the show short ... The sound is often unbalanced and the lyrics indecipherable, and if you can't hear the words, it robs the show of the emotional engagement necessary to sustain it.

05/03/2012

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