East is a good place to start. This is site
visitor Chris Deacon´s view (thanks Chris):
by Steven Berkoff, Vaudeville Theatre London
Various year ten and eleven
drama students, including myself, were "bussed"
up to London for the super performance of EAST on the 21
September 1999. However, to me, the play proved to be
more than super; it was THE best piece of theatre I have
ever seen. It was funny, I barely stopped laughing, it
was completely unreal, a highlight of Bekoff's style and
it was a fruitless journey through Eastend life.
The play had no real
story line, it was more a series of sketches
involving five memorable characters; Mum, played
by a man- Edward Bryant, being my personal
favourite. However, the others stood out in their
own right; Les and Mike's (Matthew Callum and
Christopher Middleton's) typically 'laddish'
behaviour and walk; Sylv's (Tanya Frank's)
seductive and frank manner and Dad's (Jonathan
Linsley's) patriotic persona- constantly
reminding those old enough to remember of 'days
gone by'. There was no need for a big, fancy set
as the actors dominated the stage.
Not only did Berkoff write EAST
but he also directed this version. This was very clear,
as some of the scenes portrayed his vivid style; Les and
Mike's motorbike being one of many. There are many
aspects which are too rude to mention but when looked for
a deeper meaning the play has a lot more to offer. The
play exposes the view of Eastend life, in Berkoff's
opinion; many aspects being very true, and others being
exaggerated 'Berkoff style'.
Overall the play EAST was an
excellent piece of entertainment with a deeper meaning
for those who wanted one. It was much more than I
anticipated and I will now be looking out for Steven
Berkoff and his play's in our local theatres. I recommend
this style of theatre, a combination of physical,
unnaturalistic and 'Berkoff' to anyone who can handle his
ideas being thrown at them at light speed. Or anyone who
wants to see a memorable play with a basic plot which
will keep you laughing- no end!