How to Be Edwardian (2007)



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Nigel Planer ... Nicholas Craig


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May 2007 (UK) See more »

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Wonderfully droll spoof master-class
6 June 2007 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Classically trained actor Nicolas Craig gives young aspiring actors a master-class and workshop in how to act when performing within Edwardian costume dramas.

I only watched a handful of the films in the BBC4 Edwardian season but one of the highlights surely must have been the chance to see another spoof acting master-class with the wonderfully puffed-up luvvie Nicholas Craig. Using lots of clips to illustrate his points, Craig talks through the facial air, the difference between upstairs and downstairs acting, the interaction of actors, the Edwardian set design and many other aspects important for learning. For those familiar with Craig the effect is pleasingly funny as the dialogue is wonderfully absurd and pompous, sending up luvvies to great effect.

The use of clips also allows for the excesses and clichés of costume dramas to be gently mocked but depending on your tastes, it may be an issue. Personally my preference was for the dialogue rather than the clips so I felt that there were too many clips and not enough of Craig. Naturally Planner is a joy delivering Douglas's script, the lines are convincing but also mocking – rarely so obvious as to be clunky but equally avoiding being crass or cruel in its humour.

For those that like Planner's character, this is a great chance to see more of him and it was well worth catching; not hilarious perhaps but wonderfully droll nonetheless.

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