An Evening With C.S Lewis, Review

An Evening with C.S Lewis★★★★

Greenside at Nicolson Square (Venue 209)| Aug 5-­27 | 18:30| £8.50-£11.00

An Evening with C.S Lewis is a simple no frills production expertly delivered.

The year is 1963 and the audience taking on the role of American literary students are invited by C.S Lewis into his home to learn about his life and literary work.  

Payne adeptly holds the audience’s attention throughout this warm and welcoming production with his reminiscence of times and events gone by. Evoking the air of an old Oxford don comfortably sitting in his armchair telling stories about his life. With the performance hinging on Payne’s presentation and delivery he skilfully embodies the role of C.S Lewis with ease. Conveying a relaxed feeling to the proceedings as he briefly covers his early childhood before moving on to his life at Magdalen College and reflecting on his friendship with J.R.R Tolkien.

No performance would be complete without mentioning the Narnia Chronicles with Payne covering how ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ came into being. Before dedicating the final part of the production to his relationship with Joy Davidman. Expressing this with such profound thoughtfulness and tenderness that the audience are left in no doubt that she was the love of his life.

Humorous anecdotes and the occasional wonderings of where his brother Warnie has got to help keep the performance from being too heavy adding an entertaining side to proceedings.

This production is a fascinating insight into the life and work of C.S Lewis with a warm and friendly delivery.