Miriam Margolyes is one of those performers who seems incapable of delivering a mere average performance. She is a bundle of dynamite in her quieter roles. Here she excels herself, delivering a steady, sure, totally convincing performance that commands your attention from first line to last. In her blonde wig, looking very little like Miriam, Sue takes centre stage and delivers a performance that I can only describe as a Masterclass in performance.
. Margolyes, a brilliant voice artist, makes this sound as fascinating as it should, lingering over the occasional odd combination — “canteen” or “conclave” or “purring seduction” — and bawling out the frequent obscenities and slurs.
Neighbourhood Watch has broken the State Theatre Company’s box office record with more than 10,000 people expected to see Miriam Margolyes star in State Theatre’s current production
Miriam Margolyes drives box office led recovery TUESDAY 20 MAY, 2014 State Theatre Company SA's production of Neighbourhood Watch has become the company's highest ever grossing production.
Somewhere in this production, directed by Julian Meyrick, there is an undefinable tension. Or, is it a sense of detachment? After the applause has died down, one is left contemplating what it was that seems odd. It's a puzzle. Not so, however, is the divine Miss Margolyes. A consummate performance. From a memory play, she leaves an imprint never to be forgotten
As the octogenarian neighbour from Hell, Margolyes is magnificent, commanding the stage and giving a master class performance in defining and maintaining character – accent, stance, posture and mannerisms are all perfected, even when transforming into a younger version of herself. She more than proves why she is an international star of stage and screen. Margolyes’ level of excellence is of the standard that, in the not so distant past, one would have flown to London to experience, but we have it right here in our own backyard!
Margolyes is utterly irresistible. Her timing, her stares and glances, her inflection, and her superb delivery of Anna’s comically broken English completely carry the night, and are worth the price of a ticket alone.
Neighbourhood Watch is a bittersweet triumph primarily because Miriam Margolyes fills the stage with a commanding, master-class performance.
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This is a master class in acting that every acting student in Adelaide should be racing to attend. For that matter, any actor could learn a lot from this performance. What great fortune that Margolyes has recently become an Australian citizen, hopefully guaranteeing that we see a lot more of her.