PAST PRODUCTION - Jermyn Street 2013
AND IN THE END - THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN LENNON
written and directed by Alexander Marshall
'Valentine Pelka is convincing as Lennon, portraying every shade of the singer’s personality from cheeky good humour to blank depression and quivering despair. His Lennon is brilliant, flawed and vulnerable, disgusted by his fans’ robotic screams and stifled by his relationships with his band-mates and his wives. Pelka’s stage presence is magnetic, and as he harangues, bargains and jokes with God many audience members will feel he’s addressing them directly.'
'And in the End examines Lennon’s personality with intuitive, seemingly authentic results, and includes many references to legendary moments in his life. Outspoken, mischievous, and at times displaying an arrogance almost as substantial as his talent, Lennon isn’t always the easiest character to empathise with. But seeing him standing bewildered outside the pearly gates is an innovative way of reflecting on the futility of his untimely death.'
Publicity image (c) Shannon MacDonald