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One Night In November

Published Wednesday 12 March 2008 at 11:45 by Peta David

Midnight Sonata was the code name given to the raid that devastated Coventry during ‘one night in November’ in 1940. Hilter’s bombers pounded the city limits for 11 hours reducing it to rubble.

Joanna Christie and Daniel Brocklebank play Katie and Michael respectively. These two young hopefuls meet and (try to) fall in love before that fateful night, but Katie does not know that he works at the infamous code breaking centre at Bletchley Park. Events unfold which bring to life the pain and misery suffered by families during that terrible time and the turmoil they lived through.

The special effects are quite stunning it felt like a real bomb had landed on the lovely new theatre shaking the whole building.

Director Hamish Glen has chosen Christie to narrate part of the story, which rather dilutes the intensity of the action and dialogue giving it a docu-play feel to it. This works to a point with some touching visual effects that make it relevant for today’s audience.

The problem is there is no intensity of feeling between these two lovers which is one reason you feel like you have eaten a bowl of cold porridge by the end.

Michael’s diminished mental state means less because there was no grand passion to relate it to. However, there is some interesting original footage and sound bites that bring a sense of urgency to the whole and some good supporting performances provided by Tony Turner as the belligerent Jack and Ellie Paskell as younger sister Joan.

Production information

B2 Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, March 8-29

Alan Pollock
Hamish Glen
Belgrade Theatre Production
Daniel Brocklebank, Joanna Christie, Tony Turner, Helen Sheals, Leandra Ashton, David Acton, Aran Bell, Richard Franklin, Ellie Paskell
Running time:
2hrs 30mins

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014