Review: Mary Rose - Riverside Studios, Hammersmith



Friday 30th March: A far cry from Peter Pan, J.M Barrie's ghost story is haunting the Riverside Studios this month. 

Mary Rose is one of his least famous, under-performed plays but DogOrange Theatre have created a brilliant production of this under-appreciated work in the intimate theatre space.

Harry (Charlie Kerson) arrives back at his Sussex childhood home in 1919, greeted by the housekeeper Mrs Otery (Joanna Watt) who is far from welcoming and tries to warn him off. Not deterred and aware of the ghostly rumours surrounding the property, Harry is eager to find out more about what happened and the show flashbacks to 1884 and the life of Mary Rose. 

Jessie Cave as Mary Rose
Photo by Laura Harling
The childlike innocence of the character of Mary Rose somewhat limits the performance Jessie Cave is able to give, but she does well in the role and her character drives the story forward. Mary Rose’s parents bring some brief moments of comedy into the otherwise dark tale and they are played brilliantly by Nicholas Hoad and Maggie Robson.

The plot soon takes a more sinister turn when, four years on, Mary Rose is taken to a Hebridean island by her husband Simon. It is not the first time she has visited the island, but her previous trip led to an unexplained three week disappearance that she had no memory of.

Unfortunately the attempts at merging the spirit world with reality do not quite work, however this is the only real downside to the play and is easy to overlook.

Whilst there are still a few kinks that need ironing out, DogOrange Theatre have put on a very strong production of Barrie's ghost story and it is definitely worth a visit.

Mary Rose

Riverside Studios
Crisp Road, 
W6 9RL
Box Office: 020 8237 1111

Wednesday 28 March -Saturday 28 April
Tuesday - Saturday 
at 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday at 2.30pm

Tickets: £17.50 (£15.00 concs)

Review by Louise Miles