That Moment by Dougie Blaxland

Second Face Theatre Company

The Mission Theatre, Bath – 26.04.13

That Moment is a bittersweet, one woman show about the all-too-familiar subject of the trials and tribulations in the life of a recently graduated actor.

The narrative focuses on the character of Alicia Harding, a young actress looking for work who instead ends up dog-sitting for the well renowned director Simon Cardew.

There are many twists and turns as the play develops and many beautiful moments that the audience can relate to and laugh along with.

The part of Alicia is played by Hannah Marie-Chidwick who seamlessly switches between an array of larger than life characters with rapid pace and extreme confidence. The final scenes reveal the true extent of Hannah’s skills as an actor paired with some creative direction by Jazz Hazelwood when all the characters appear in the same room at the same time. It would be very easy for this to get confusing for an audience – but be reassured you are in very safe hands and what develops on the stage is pure comic gold.

There are a few moments where it felt like the characters were slightly held back and should have had the same attack and commitment as the rest of the piece but rest assured this does not detract too much from the overall quality of the show.

It is a gem of a show. Hilariously laugh-out-loud funny, beautifully told and deserves to get good audiences to appreciate it.

**** – 4 Stars

Luke John Emmett