of Happy Days
The Big Idea: "That it is fascinationg play is a tribute to the two actors and director Michael Hurst. Directing a play where the actors barely move must be difficult, but it was always, unfalteringly intriguing. Malcolm's performance was, as it needed to be, mesmerising".
Listener: "Hurst's direction captures the vaudeville humour, particularly in the sexual innuendo and the byplay between the 'talkative wife' and the 'henpecked husband' . . . "
Theatreview: "Director Michael Hurst has focused predominantly on character: Malcolm's eternally friendly, pragmatically optimistic biddy against Rhode's coarse, recalcitrant old bastard . . . An extract from Peter Brook in the programme puts it in a way I see no cause to rephrase: '[the] audience leaves . . . nourished and enriched, with a lighter heart, full of strange irrational joy'."
NZ Herald: "Malcolm's performance is an absolute marvel. The play's restricted movement highlights the qualities that make her as compelling in the small screen close-up. Her smile lights up the whole theatre while moments of anguish bring forth real tears. Cameron Rhodes has few lines but he uses them superbly . . . "