Di and Viv and Rose: ★★★★ from The Daily Express
Posted on 25 January 2013.
Posted in: Theatre Reviews
Di and Viv and Rose Review
By Julie Carpenter, The Daily Express
Plays about female friendship featuring an all-female cast are something of a rarity.
Perhaps the feeling is they won’t appeal to one half of the theatre-going public but it’s just possible that this three-hander by the actress and writer Amelia Bullmore (a regular in the recent comedy series Twenty Twelve) will prove such sentiments wrong.
When the work was first staged in Hampstead’s downstairs studio space it was so well received that it has now transferred to the main stage upstairs, becoming the first play to do so.
What will strike you is the warmth and wit of the writing, which is further boosted by the vibrancy of the performances by Tamzin Outhwaite, Gina McKee and in particular an effervescent Anna Maxwell Martin.
It amounts to an endearing, warm-hearted piece that is surprising, smartly funny and full of female banter and which reflects perceptively on what friendship really means and how it can be splintered and mended.