04/06/2016

On our ‘drive thru’, I could not help but feast on the script of the excellent eucharist and contemporary art around me. David Aitken’s twanged voice and southern charm was a great set for a one sided chit chat; this long and twisted monologue effortlessly rolled off of Aiken’s tongue like a milkshake on an antebellum. However small the rooms felt, as I sat shoulder to shoulder with strangers, it felt like we all knew Aitken. Moments later, thrown into a dark room into suspense, I had no clue what the aristocratic characters Arthur and Malcolm were up to. I took my eyes from the programme and immersed myself into their desperate conversation. Ellis J Wells played a perfect stylish sloth, and was just as professional in ‘What Do You Want Me To Do’. I found their rendition of a British couple awkwardly talking about their lustful desires hilarious, and scarily realistic. I loved Clemmie Twigs, who played Gabby, although I was not convinced by her character in ‘Loot’. I feel that their creative efforts were dampened by a complicated script. 

My favourite scene of the evening is awarded to ‘Can you… Err?’ as a well-written plot where humour joined humanity and came to life. Alice Van Hees played an excellent little devil in both of her roles as Satan, and Gabriella – her right hand woman – played by Drou Constantinou, also impressed me with her manner and stance as well as her dynamics in ‘Hell Hath No Fury’. I saw the audience, any myself, feel uncomfortable with the amount of swearing from the drunkards, but it was aptly balanced with the humour of the bartender Emily Lee. Overall, a truly surreal yet fascinating take on the theme of religion, and a real applaud for the writers, artists and director all behind the scenes at this secret, dreamlike location.
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Review by Verity Annear