28 February 2017

Touched at Nottingham Playhouse - Review

Last weekend I was invited to see Touched, the latest production at the Nottingham Playhouse. Starring some very wonderful Nottingham talent, including Vicky McClure and Aisling Loftus.

It was a play I was excited to see since it represented moments in history that I know are still clear in the memory of some of my family. A section of society forgotten during the horrors of war, not on the front line but suffering none the less.

Image by Robert Day for Nottingham Playhouse

Sandra is torn apart with grief after losing her son during the blackout, we see as her character is torn apart by the loss of her son and the prospect of her husband coming home. Her character goes through some very emotional trauma, portrayed wonderfully by Vicky McClure who brings across that fabulous Nottingham accent.

Following VE Day there is so much hope in this brave new world, the not knowing what lies ahead or what the future holds, the story follows the young women as they find themselves and help each other through the toughest of days.

Image by Robert Day for Nottingham Playhouse
Image by Robert Day for Nottingham Playhouse
The ay up me ducks and other colloquial dialect filtered through like a big warm hug. It reminded me of the way my grandparents talk and when I am sat listening to the stories from my Great Aunty who all lived in the area during the war.

The acting was superb and it was truly a wonderful look into the life of Nottingham women and some men during what was no doubt one of histories defining moments. Women had as much of a part to play in the war as men, working tirelessly in factories back home. It gave women a sense of being and that they were more than just homemakers, it made them feisty and independent and I love that this is shown through the characters in the play.

Image by Robert Day for Nottingham Playhouse
The play is currently showing until the 4th March so do check it out.

I was given two complimentary tickets to form this review, all words and opinions are my own.


  1. I disagree with you. I thought the play was poorly written and the sound system left a lot to be desired. The actors were almost shouting, but it was still very difficult to hear what they were saying. My daughter agreed with me and I know someone else walked out half way through. Very disappointing.

    1. Thank you for your comment, I can only review what I saw and felt about the play. We were sat in the circle and had no problem hearing what the actors were saying. There was a lot of laughter, applause and general love for the play on evening I attended though. I do hope you passed on your dismay to the team at the Playhouse about the sound system.

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