Am I the only one on here who has been to see this little gem of a show so far?
I don't think I've ever started a thread in plays or musicals before, it's quite a responsibility.
Anyway I saw this on Thursday and found it to be exceptionally good despite the fact that it covers a very bleak topic. From what I've read it's a debut play by a former actor who also has another opening at The Park later this year (Sydney & The Old Girl). I booked both on the strength of the synopsis/cast a while back and an now very excited for the next one.
This is a very taut, both in terms of timing/structure and atmosphere, piece about people on the fringes of society and what we all sometimes tell ourselves to justify our actions and behaviours. There is humour in it but given it's subject matter, you end up feeling guilty for laughing at anything that happens. As one character remains silent throughout there are some cracking character establishing monologues in the second half especially and all the actors nail them. It's very well written as you would expect from someone who knows the difficulty in delivering lines as an actor. Special mention though should go to Niamh James who is making her professional debut in this and has the unenviable job of playing silent. Very tough to do.
Saw it in preview and found it extremely dark and disturbing with its nihilism and disconfirming ending, a definite feel bad play if such a thing exists, excellent performances and well written characters make a difficult subject watchable.
The young girl was exceptional in the way she portrayed her predicament and descent in silence.
Would also recommend seeing, do not expect to come out smiling even though you may have laughed along the way.
Saw it the same day as The Doctor at the Almeida so in all was a powerful if emotionally draining day of Theatre.
Too late to do much good (I caught the last performance, which was inexplicably half-full) but I would thoroughly endorse Missthelmas review; an absolutely gripping piece in which the tension not only never let up, but steadily increased. Superbly detailed performances of deeply-imagined characters aswell - to my mind this almost had the makings of a modern classic. I'm sure it'll be revived/performed elsewhere - certainly deserves it, and I'll be making the effort to see the authors next show on the strength of it.