Discover a New Play: Donny’s Brain by Rona Munro

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Donny’s Brain
by Rona Munro

The whole time I listened to Donny’s Brain I could help but have this sense of déjà vu. I felt like I had seen this play or encountered it in some other fashion as some point in my life. Maybe I saw pieces of it performed in my days on the Speech Team in college or maybe there was a movie based on it, I don’t know. Anyway, as a result, this was a seriously weird listen to me as I wracked my brain, alongside Donny, trying to figure out why it was so familiar.

The acting was well done in Donny’s Brain. I enjoyed Jared Harris’s performance and thought he did a stellar job expressing confusion and anger as dictated by his character’s injury. However, it was difficult times to tell the difference between Emma and Trish unless they were in scene together. Their voices were so similar.

Overall, I did enjoy listening to this play. However, at some key points, like during the scientific discussions and in scenes involving Trish and Emma separately with Donny, I may have benefited from actually seeing the play or it would have been beneficial to have more distinct voices. While the play just ended without any real resolution to Donny’s plight, this recording contains some solid performances while exploring brain injuries and how this type of injury affects friends and family.


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Discover a New Play: Donny’s Brain by Rona Munro

Donny's Brain

Author: Rona Munro
Narrator: Jared Harris, Sophie Winkleman, Siobhn Hewlett, Moira Quirk, Paul Fox
Published on: January 15, 2016
Genres: general fiction
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

About Rona Munro

Rona Munro is a Scottish writer. She has written plays for theatre, radio, and television. Her film work includes Ken Loach's Ladybird, Ladybird (1994), Oranges and Sunshine (2010) for Jim Loach and Aimée & Jaguar (1999), co-authored by German director Max Färberböck. Her television work includes the last Doctor Who television serial of the original run to air, Survival (1989), episodes of the drama series Casualty (BBC) and the BBC film Rehab., directed by Antonia Bird.

Her play Iron which has received many productions worldwide. Other plays include Strawberries in January (translation) for the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Mary Barton for Manchester Royal Exchange, Long Time Dead for Plymouth Drum Theatre and Paines Plough, and The Indian Boy for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Munro contributed eight dramas to Radio 4's Stanley Baxter Playhouse: First Impressions, Wheeling Them In, The King's Kilt, Pasta Alfreddo at Cafe Alessandro, The Man in the Garden, The Porter's Story, The German Pilot and The Spider.

In 2006 the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith presented Munro's adaptation of Richard Adams' classic book, Watership Down.

Her play, The Last Witch, was performed at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival, directed by Dominic Hill, and in 2011 by Dumbarton People's Theatre. Her history cycle The James Plays, James I, James II and James III, were first performed by the National Theatre of Scotland in summer 2014 in a co-production with Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Scotland.

(from GoodReads)