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Review: The Bobby Kennedy Experience at Cambridge’s Town and Gown



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A new one-man play, The Bobb Kennedy Experience, stars actor, writer, director, and qualified FE lecturer, Russell Lucas, who was also responsible for writing it.

Russell Lucas plays Bobby Kennedy in new play The Bobby Kennedy Experience. Picture: Steve Ullathorne
Russell Lucas plays Bobby Kennedy in new play The Bobby Kennedy Experience. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

Russell, who trained at The Russian School of acting, Wolverhampton University, and Sandwell College where he studied voice, text, movement, performance, and education, previously played the youngest Kennedy brother - the most famous man never to become president - in a 2013 National Geographic documentary.

The show, directed by Sarah-Louise Young, is an hour-long piece which, to be honest, was rather different from what I had expected - although that’s not a bad thing.

Getting under way with an explosion of music, colour and dance (yes, dance!) as the spirit of the time and the name ‘Kennedy’, which conjures up so much, was ‘brainstormed’, the play went from high-energy bravura to quiet and moving introspection, capturing the volatile and uncertain nature of the times in the process (there were also references to Robert’s brother JFK and Martin Luther King).

Russell Lucas plays Bobby Kennedy in new play The Bobby Kennedy Experience. Picture: Steve Ullathorne
Russell Lucas plays Bobby Kennedy in new play The Bobby Kennedy Experience. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

The play kept the audience guessing as to what direction it would take next and made excellent use of music and archive video footage. Russell broke character a couple of times, which was interesting to see, and succeeded in nailing RFK’s mannerisms and distinctive voice. In fact, I can honestly say that at times I got somewhat lost in the piece and almost felt like I was watching the real RFK.

It may not have been what I expected but this was an intriguing, thought-provoking and powerful play, and the mess left behind in the performance space afterwards indicated just how much thought had gone into it. Let’s Kennedy!

For more on Russell Lucas, visit russelllucas.com.

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