100-Word Review: “The Arbor”

A gem my housemate at Spooool stumbled upon, The Arbor unravels the working class English life and death of Andrea Dunbar. Dunbar’s rise to something of a kitchen sink troubadour for a lost generation – and her subsequent fall into alcoholism – is fascinating in itself, but the true draw lies in the way the story is presented. Eschewing traditional documentary, director Clio Bernard has instead used actors to lip-synch interviews, presenting Dunbar’s life as a play she might once have written. This, coupled with a willingness to explore the fractured lives of her children, makes this a fascinating experience.


About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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