Sunny Afternoon
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Sunny Afternoon Harold Pinter Theatre 14/07/16


This was the start of a full on couple of weeks of going out and enjoying yourself, no reason just that everything seems to come up at once.

I have wanted to see this play for quite a while having heard good reports, what can I say, it was fantastic. The theatre is perfectly suited for the play, it is very small and intimate, cocktail tables just in front of the stage and at the back as well. We were two rows from the front with a great view. If you don’t where it is, it used to be the Comedy Theatre in Panton Street, between Leicester Square and the Haymarket. The play follows the story of the Kinks from their inception to when they broke America on the second time they went there. It shows how a young unsuspecting band, were ripped off by managers, publicists and just about anybody who could get their fingers in the Davies brother’s pie. It shows the dynamics of how the brothers worked, the fights, the tears and breakdowns. How Ray Davies struggled to cope with fame. How Dave Davies, enjoyed a rock stars life with drink, drugs and women. How the rest of the band coped with the highs and lows of the other two.

 


Of course the songs are fantastic, I won’t go through a setlist but in 1964, one of the most influential songs in my opinion was released, “You really got me.” Just think when the power chords came in at the start how different that must have sounded to anything you ever have heard before. Of course The Kinks are famed for their clever lyrics and the show explains how many of them came about. Sunny Afternoon was well done, playing to back drop of Kenneth Wolstenholmes iconic commentary of the 66 World Cup final, as the fourth goal went in, buckets and buckets of red, white and blue confetti came from the ceiling, and there was loads of it. The highlight for me though was one of my favourite songs ever “I go to sleep,” but I am just an old romantic. The best came at the end when Ray Davies came on to join in with the encore “You really got me” and “Lola.” The perfect end, to a wonderful night. You can always tell how good an event is by looking at the departing audience, everybody was buzzing and full of smiles. I will 100% recommend this play but get in quick as it goes on tour from October. It will be great wherever you see it but the Harold Pinter Theatre is a bit special.

Duncan, July 2017.








 

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