The Fellowship (London)
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The Fellowship (London)

The Fellowship (London) London Reviews and Tickets

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Funny, Relevant, Ambitious, The acting was on another level

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Roy Williams' tale about two sisters who find that their lives have gone on divergent paths.

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57 Reviews | 1 Follower
The acting was on another level

See it if Honestly, it was one of those evenings when you see and feel an actor inhabit a role so fully - it so rarely happens — but it happened here

Don't see it if Well, people should see it. There are so many positives for this play and this theatre and how it gives voice to a community…

Also “Fellowship” is not a perfect play, it has minor flaws — but I was so taken by the force of the performances — that I wanted to see where they would emotionally take me and not thinking critically about where things could have been improved. Prior to the start of the play — the audience was informed that the original actor for the character Dawn had taken ill and the understudy was still learning the part and maybe carrying around the script. But this was not the case — I thought the actor playing Dawn so completely and emotionally became the character, it wasn’t acting — this was being possessed. Postscript — I saw the play again a week later — and it was even better — the play, the actors, the ensemble, the sense of pride, the willingness to be better actors, to do justice to these characters, to this play, to this community. Fellowship indeed!

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
Ambitious, Relevant, Funny

See it if a refreshing, touching drama is your thing

Don't see it if you don't like wordy plays, with a little too much resort to melodrama

Critic Reviews (8)

The Telegraph (UK)
June 28th, 2022

"Roy Williams's [play] dares to hold a mirror up to prejudice within the black community, but the drama doesn't entirely gel ... Watchable, certainly – but missable, regrettably, too."
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The Times (UK)
June 28th, 2022

"Roy Williams has created a portrait of three generations of a West Indian family in which two middle-aged sisters, both activists in their youth, reflect on where life and politics have taken a wrong turning. ... I wish I could say he’d been successful, but The Fellowship fails on just about every level. "
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June 29th, 2022

"It is dramatic, but feels like the setting for a different play, not an intimate series of conversations where tensions across generations are exposed. The writing is warm and funny; the set is alienating."
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Time Out London
June 28th, 2022

"‘The Fellowship’ is one of those stories that you emerge from feeling like you've gone on an epic journey with the people in it. It's full of moments that stretch out and become dreamlike, aided by designer Libby Watson's wonderfully surreal set with its long curving staircase. But it's also full of a political heft that punches through decades and speaks directly to the post-Brexit present day."
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The Guardian (UK)
June 29th, 2022

"There are sophisticated flashes of confrontation between the sisters but, stretched longer than two and a half hours, the script is slow and bloated. Jokes are repeated – one about Amazon’s Alexa initially brings laughter but eventually fatigues. It takes a while before each scene moves from being a shouting match and settles to drive this big-life tale along."
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The Arts Desk
June 29th, 2022

"It feels to me as if Williams has lost control of the material, and that no one has been brave enough to edit his work. The result is that a great idea for a play, structured by means of successive duologues, is buried in a frustratingly verbose and baggy script, which has some great clashes of attitude, but very little dramatic development."
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The Stage (UK)
June 28th, 2022

" 'Roy Williams’ new play occasionally leans heavily into pejorative stereotypes – which can sometimes feel uncomfortable to watch – but his talent for excavating the depths of the world of Black Britishness is undisputable."
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The London Evening Standard
June 28th, 2022

" 'Williams’ script feels a little overstuffed. Getting into everything from infidelity to political scandal to gang violence, there are too many plot points being flung about. We don’t actually get to see any of it happening though, we’re just told that it does."
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