(formerly the New Ambassadors Theatre)
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN OR THE EASILY OFFENDED.
Ends 24th March 2018.
Laura, Danny, the wreckage of a party, the start of something else?
David Eldridge premiere, directed by Polly Findlay.
A well-deserved transfer from the National Theatre for this Autumn 2017
(Seen at the Dorfman Theatre at the afternoon performance on
17th October 2017).
Two people talking late into the night. A little music, a little to eat and
drink, souls are bared in the objective of making permanent changes to life.
Laura (Justine Mitchell) is 38, own flat, career, all looking good except the
need for a child. Danny (Sam Troughton) is a little older. Could he be?...
The pair are utterly credible in their roles, and Polly Findlay keeps them
mobile - yet knows when to slow, even stop and frame a scene without feeling
forced. David Eldridge creates situations without drama yet goes far further.
Differentiating this from any other "two-hander" of similar ilk, we never truly
believe all we are hearing, knowing that there is something beneath the surface
of every revelation and that even if we have reached a truth, there's always
Layers are not so much peeled away as lifted briefly then allowed to fall back
and re-take the previous shape, with perhaps a wrinkle or two. Playing without
an interval is hypnotic as the real-time evolution of what might be something or
perhaps the beginning of something quite different tantalises and engrosses in
If the Olivier committee is searching for more candidates in an already tight
year for drama, this won't make it any easier. Wise, child-like, enchanted yet
real, it's the 4am we all may have and one that shouldn't be missed.
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