By Alison Farina
Directed By Hannah Drake
The Rondo Theatre
Thursday 21 June 2012
Once in a while every Bath theatregoer should be remindedÂ of howÂ beautifullyÂ intimate the RondoÂ Theatre isÂ to experience strong story telling.
“FertilityÂ Objects” by Alison FarinaÂ highlightsÂ the basic humanÂ instinctÂ of three women andÂ theirÂ respective partners to procreate. Sam, Michelle and Jules andÂ partners, Darren, Simon and Jim,Â allÂ have problemsÂ withÂ creating a future generation.Â OneÂ might never get there, OneÂ will keep tryingÂ andÂ the otherÂ at least gets past the second scan. AllÂ their destiniesÂ are slowlyÂ unveiledÂ in this wellÂ crafted, often humourousÂ observation of the reason forÂ humanÂ existence.
A versatile set, bedecked with aÂ flockÂ of origami storks,Â ChineseÂ lanternsÂ and appropriate furniture providesÂ a backdrop for a play thatÂ addresses the delicate issue of infertility.Â RangingÂ from “keepÂ onÂ trying”Â through to“adoptionÂ is the only option”Â we chart the trials and tribulations of three couples whoÂ desperatelyÂ want to bring new life into the world.
TheÂ talented local cast createÂ a plethora of charactersÂ thatÂ help chart ourÂ couplesÂ progress toÂ prospectiveÂ parenthood.Â I was touched by all the protagonists,Â andÂ the impactÂ of the actions of someÂ onÂ theÂ othersÂ added greatlyÂ toÂ the theatricalÂ credibilityÂ of this production.
My only criticism would be the scene change towards the end of theÂ production.Â I felt that itÂ unnecessarilyÂ disruptedÂ the momentum of this great production.
All said,Â this was a great piece of new writing that addressed an issueÂ of “technology canÂ fix it”Â with the reality of science cannot solve everything!
A great night out at the theatreÂ with a discussion thatÂ carried on overÂ aÂ post show drink!
**** 4 Stars