UpDownSizing – NEW WORK 2018

SPONSORED BY AVONVALE VETERINARY PRACTICES,  SHELDON BOSLEY KNIGHT, LODDERS, PENMANS, R LOCKE & SON, ehB RESIDENTIAL.

The latest chapter in the Ruth Rich Saga.  Ruth’s kids have flown the nest and she’s packing up the house ready to downsize. Sale agreed. All sorted. Then it starts to rain.  And then the doorbell rings. Bing bong ….

Ginny Davis plays nine characters including Granny, Mother, Father, three millennial children, their friends and loved ones and the prospective purchasers of 24 Meadow Rise.

.Ruth Rich’s life so far has enchanted audiences from Polzeath to the Pleasance.

 

 

“Eminently entertaining” Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

“Ginny Davis on impressive and endearing form in this one-woman tour de force.” Leamington Spa Courier

 

“A brilliantly accurate, touching and laugh-out-loud funny play.” S Bott

“Warm, compassionate, witty, sad and a bit of something we could all relate to. Brilliantly executed.” C Locke

Truly captivating play, brilliantly executed.” P Jones

Watch the trailer…

 

Reviews:

LEAMINGTON SPA COURIER 26 November 2018

Ginny Davis on impressive and endearing form in one-woman tour de force in Wellesbourne

Ginny Davis plays nine characters in the play. Picture: David Clarke Photography
Ginny Davis plays nine characters in the play. Picture: David Clarke Photography
 In this endearing look at middle-class family life, Ginny Davis plays no fewer than nine characters, switching seamlessly between Ruth, her son Fred, her long-suffering husband, and many others. Keeping watch in the background and acting the Chorus is her mother, a disembodied voice from the grave, gently reminding Ruth of her maternal duties. And then there’s Steve, the love of daughter Ellie’s life, who eats everything and throws up at every opportunity.
 It is of course up to Ruth to sort things out, as it usually is for mothers. UpDownSizing takes an affectionate and very funny look at the day-to-day, but nonetheless real and serious, problems of life within a large fairly well-to-do family.

On the night I saw it another dimension to the play emerged. Most of the audience in Ginny’s home village of Wellesbourne where it was performed were, I suspect, known to each other and to the playwright, and in their recognition of the scenes as they played out before them it became something of a play within a play. This was their play, told from a place where they belong.

There are few playwrights who take the subject of middle-class life and treat it seriously. Alan Ayckbourn springs to mind. Ginny Davis treats her subject with affection but without pretension, sentimentality or scorn. In or out of its home setting, this is a play that should add to her growing collection of accolades.

STRATFORD UPON AVON HERALD 29 November 2018

LONE STAR

There’s too many ‘yummy mummy bloggers’ writing about their precious infants and their perfect lives and petty problems (as a former blogging witterer I feel entitled to say this!)

What there is not enough of is older parents of teen/adults telling it how it is with a dollop of humour and a ton of refreshing cynicism…

An imbalance that this eminently entertaining slice of observational wit and worry nicely redresses.

Written and performed by local actress Ginny Davis this one-woman play, which runs at about an hour, is the latest episode in her ‘Ruth Rich Saga’ series.

In ‘UpDownSizing’ Ruth is preparing to downsize. Everything is fixed and sorted to a T for her sale of the large family home she’s loved for 29 years to the Tetleys. Her elder daughter and funeral director partner are in the same chain. Nothing can go wrong, until it starts raining.

The delightful thing about watching Ginny perform is that not for one second do you feel any worry or discomfort for her; the nervousness that often descends while watching a lone artist do their thing is simply not there. She has a wonderful confidence and natural gift for storytelling that bypasses any misgivings. In fact, weirdly, as she populates the stage with the various characters, you actually forget she is alone up there, so vividly is the story told and acted – all with barely any scenery, stage or sound, except rainfall and her dead mother’s comical interjections.

The cleverly crafted language of the play helps – at times it’s a simply solo narrative, with poetic lines, while at other points it’s a Noel Cowardesque romp with farcical comings and goings of the characters.

Like many in the audience I related to the story and Ruth’s character – laughter bubbled up as we recognised ourselves in this put-upon mum and wife.

The only criticism I have would be to turn up the internal angst a notch; we can take it, bring it on. Other than that I look forward to growing older and grumpier with this super life blogger.

Gill Sutherland