28 July 2015


I went to see Three days in the country because I wanted to see Mark Gatiss performing live. This was my second time visiting National Theatre and the first was for Everyman. Three Days in the Country was performed in Lyttelton, which was a smaller theatre comparing to Olivier. National Theatre was made up of multiple theatres so they had lots of shows running at the same time.

I made a grumpy face because the man in front of me was a tall grandpa, and I had a short girl prob. SPOILER ALERT

As always, I didn't know what the story was about before I went to watch the play. Long story short: repressed messy love story with a group of people living in the country side. The way they performed reminded me a lot of The Seagull at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

The story line was like a repressed Kardashian show, and like those reality programs, I enjoyed it in a unexpected way. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. 

The most interested part of the play was the way they set up how characters entered and exited the stage. In fact there wasn't any actual enter or exit. All of the actors were on the stage most of the time, and when the storyline wasn't about them, they sat in chairs which were set up towards the back or the side of the stage. It was as if the character were sitting in another room and they had no idea what was going on on the stage. There was no emotion or physical expressions and reactions to what was happening. 

Another weird thing was the red door that was hanging in the air throughout the entire first act. I didn't understand why they did that, maybe there was some symbolic thing that I didn't understand. The door was lowered and used as a real door during second act though.

I loved the rain and the storm during the second act. It was so real I thought they were using real water on stage, but they weren't. It was just the sound and light effect.

I also forgot it was press night, that explained why there were many reporters-like people with notebooks and stuff.