The performance at the Theatre Royal is a return “home” for Robert Lindsay, performing as Jack Cardiff, a cameraman, cinematographer, director, a portrait photographer and producer, the most celebrated pioneer the use of colour in film, using techniques of colour separation using a prism, with an emphasis on it being art.
The play draws on the themes of celebrating the stories of lives, the perspective dementia can bring to a life, celebrity and affairs.
The play has to work hard in the first half to set up the second half, and could be re-worked in the first scenes with the son and the new care assistant to depend less on misunderstanding between the characters.
Worth watching “Cameraman The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff”, the documentary on Jack Cardiff’s life (check YouTube), to better understand the achievements. Buy the programme for the photographs.