23rd November 2018
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Ware Arts Review
Grow Your Own is a gentle sweet-smelling comedy that is
blessed with plenty of British charm, Set in the North of England,
a bunch of grumpy old men spend their days nurturing their
beloved allotments, while passing comment on their neighbours'
vegetables. They're less than happy when a family of asylum
seekers move in on their precious patch.
Director Richard Laxton's previous outing, the urban drama
Life And Lyrics was compelling, edgy viewing, but Grow Your
Own yearns for a nostalgic past but is just as compelling.
A decent cast is put to good use and are on top form
including small-minded bully and self-appointed chairman Big John (Phillip Jackson), and the world-weary Kenny (Alan Williams), who is hiding the fact his wife has left him. The new residents meanwhile, are far too calm and polite to make their characters believable.
Frank Cottrell Boyce's script is full of witty one-liners, set in simple and well developed plot that addresses some current social issues, especially within small (and small minded) communities.
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