An Inspector Calls
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Reviewed by Laura Fairbairn
A visit to Venue Cymru is usually a pleasant experience; it is a modern theatre on the main promenade in Llandudno. It is very clean and the walls are tastefully decorated and upcoming shows are well advertised throughout the building.
Tickets can be bought from the reception desk/ticket office and the staff here are very polite and helpful and take the time to explain things like where certain seats are when a customer is unsure.
There are two bar areas on the ground floor; one is small and has a ‘cafe bar’ feel and the other is in the centre of the building and is much larger. We prefer the smaller of the two as it is a bit quieter and has plenty of seating whereas the other seems to be standing room only. With a young baby at home, we don’t go out very often so when we do the opportunity to sit and have a drink and a chat is important to us. The bar prices are not particularly cheap but I do think they are in line with other theatres.
On previous visits the ushers showing people to their seats have been exceptionally nice and helpful, but unfortunately on this occasion the first lady we encountered simply ‘shooed us away’ hand gestures included! Not the normal standard of service I think should be expected in a theatre.
An Inspector Calls is not a story that I was particularly familiar with before this visit to the theatre. I did have the opportunity to watch the TV adaptation at the weekend but I chose to wait until I had seen the stage version and I am so glad that I did! From the very beginning it was full of suspense and intrigue that would perhaps have been slightly less if I had watched it on television beforehand.
I loved the set and the way it was utilised by the performers – the house in particular was fantastic and was used in such a way that the audience was ‘on the outside looking in’ but later on was ‘invited into the building’. I don’t want to say too much about it because I think it is a wonderful surprise that definitely adds to the magic of the production!
Without giving too much away, the plot follows one family’s journey through a troubling yet intriguing ‘investigation’ that is full of twists, turns and surprising moments of discovery that had the whole audience gripped throughout.
The entire cast delivered a faultless performance and particular credit should be given to Liam Brennan who plays Inspector Goole whose performance leads the cast and audience through the whole mystery in a perfect balance of drama, suspense and humour – top job!
I would definitely recommend this production!
I would happily give the production 5 out of 5 stars but due to the disappointing service from the usher on this occasion, overall I feel I can only give 4 out of 5 stars.
An Inspector Calls is at Venue Cymru in Llandudno until 26 September 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01492 872000.
Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 1BB | 01492 872000