Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

The hot, sultry, emotional intensity of a family reunion in the American Deep South came alive as the Theatre Royal cast performed this Tennessee Williams classic.

It is a demanding play full of rich dialogue and moments of drama, but the experienced actors made it come to life in a convincing, claustrophobic performance.

Helena Lyons brimmed with nervous energy as Maggie, and the wife of Brick (Darren Strange), a washed out drunk trapped in his past, but Christopher Robbie stole the show with a strong performance as big daddy, the 65 year old cotton farmer barely tolerating his insincere relatives.

Although at times the Deep South accents seemed hard to maintain, the cast played both comedy and high drama deftly, never overplaying, but never letting the intensity slip for a second.