23 July 2013

“A Song for Marion”

A comedy wrapped up in a beautifully crafted story of love and devotion.

Arthur loves Marion, but he’s a grumpy old soul and doesn’t think much of the idea of her going to a local choir. Marion is ill, and Arthur thinks the singing is too much for her, while it means the world to Marion.

When Marion’s health takes a turn for the worse Arthur becomes even more intransigent, and when she dies he decides effectively to shut himself off, even telling his son, with whom he has a strained relationship, that he doesn’t want to see him again.

However, a series of events, and a fair bit of gentle persuasion from Elizabeth, the charming young choir director, eventually convinces him that he should embrace life more. In memory of Marion he takes her place in the choir and after a shaky start is shown to be a reasonably accomplished singer.

Elizabeth enters them into a choir competition and Arthur’s ‘Song for Marion’ turns out to be an emotional
tour de force. Handkerchiefs recommended.