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on Tuesday, 27 May 2014
In an age of raucous musical numbers, multi-million pound sets and fandangled costumes, it is a rare treat to come across a production which relies on good old quality acting to entertain.

This is exactly what Bakersfield Mist sets out to do. Featuring just two actors and a static set, the play unfolds as the 85 minutes of dialogue sweep you up into the lives of the characters. The story is ostensibly about an art expert coming to ascertain the value of a possible Jackson Pollock painting, but as the conversation develops and social mores unravel, the play really becomes mediation on value in life.


Kathleen Turner brings star power to the production, and is charismatic as the troubled but tough trailer park resident, Maude. It is Ian McDiarmid, however, who steals the show as the uptight Lionel Percy. His monologue on Pollock's painting method is captivating, crude and unforgettable.

It's the sort of play that stays with you long after the curtains have drawn. A truly valuable piece of art, indeed.

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