Theatre West – Autumn Season
The excellent Theatre West, supporting the best of new local writing are in the midst of their Autumn Season, showcasing short plays from the region across venues in the city.
Gone Fishing, a 10 minute duologue between Charlotte Ellis and the many characters of Jack Maurice showed a brief insight into the world of online dating. From the geek to the stalker; Charlotte Ellis was the character looking for love and finding a multitude of voices from the hugely versatile Jack Maurice. This was a good piece, well performed with some detailed direction from Matt Grinter. Oliver Gamblin touched on some of the finer stereotypes in the murky waters of website dating with a concise and entertaining piece.
Trip the Light Fantastic, the featured play brought together the unlikely combination of the young Freddie, a vibrant, energetic and engaging performance from Adam Farrell and John, a wannabe dancer dreaming of waltzing his emotionally distant wife at a local dance to celebrate their many years of marriage. Both characters were laden with difficulties from basic communication to relationship worries and their strong performances created a thought provoking play. The direction was a little difficult in the thrust staging for those sat on the sides, but these may just be technical teething problems. This is certainly a piece worth exploring further, unpicking their anxieties and exploring Freddie’s complexities alongside Adam’s lack of emotional connection with his wife.
Both of these productions displayed some fine local acting talent; a good opportunity to support new writing in the region.