The Confessions

The Confessions London Reviews and Tickets

(3 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Confusing, Masterful

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Alexander Zeldin's new play exploring his relationship with his mother, based on interviews with her.

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52 Reviews | 0 Followers
Masterful, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you seek out truthful, intimate displays of life. It is worth seeing for Eryn Jean Norvill and Pamela Rabe alone.

Don't see it if you want thrills and chaos. I found it beautifully (and sometimes uncomfortably) understated and quiet

109 Reviews | 12 Followers
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a very humane very beautiful play about the very ordinary

Don't see it if you don't want a very humane very beautiful play about the very ordinary

45 Reviews | 0 Followers
Dull, Confusing

See it if You have a spare 2 hours

Don't see it if You want a captivating or a play that has any form of storyline. If you don’t like sitting with the house lights up

Critic Reviews (11)

The London Evening Standard
October 25th, 2023

“...maybe this is a truly biographical nugget in a play that blends life and art into something captivating.”
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The Guardian (UK)
October 24th, 2023

“It is hard to pin this profoundly moving play down to its depths. It is a piece of alchemy and an expression of love.”
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The Times (UK)
October 24th, 2023

“Zeldin, who directs, invites us to ponder the artificiality of theatre and the unreliability of memory.”
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October 24th, 2023

“The entire endeavour serves as a reminder of just how extraordinary an ordinary life can be but also of the magical story-telling nature of theatre itself, the way it can take one person’s experience and forge it into a tale for the ages, a collective fable of self-realisation and hope.”
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The Stage (UK)
October 23rd, 2023

“Zeldin’s direction is dynamic, using split-second reconfigurations of the set to give rapidly passing scenes the fluidity of overlapping memories. Much of the naturalistic dialogue is delivered in a breathless rush of competing voices...But there are moments of perfect silence and complete stillness, too, stretching pauses that powerfully underline the most significant moments of Alice’s life...Eryn Jean Norvill gives an extraordinary performance as Alice”
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Time Out London
October 24th, 2023

“This is a play that reflects life’s great tragedies, everyday aches and excruciating losses. But, though Alice’s journey is difficult and netted with hurt, Zeldin’s script never demands sympathy. This is simply a presentation of one existence, albeit so beautifully crafted it can’t help but sting.”
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London Theatre
October 24th, 2023

“It’s an intense piece of work but there is humour (especially in the evening class student archetypes). It ends abruptly but at just under two hours long and performed without an interval and spanning decades, it is compelling throughout in its telling of the story of an ‘ordinary’ woman whose life and achievements have been anything but.”
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The Arts Desk
October 25th, 2023

“The play was inspired by Zeldin’s elderly mother’s “confessions” to him in 2020, suddenly spilling out all her hidden life to him in a recording. He has fashioned it into a fine, uplifting tribute that portrays the heroism of “ordinary” people with a warm wit and breadth of understanding.”
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