the 9.30 slot into the second week of the Trinity Term at the Burton
Theatre tonight, was an interesting piece written by Ciaran McConville.
Upstairs in the intimate location of the Burton, four youngsters
portray the lives of numerous people all linked by 'the aftermath
start inside a psychiatric ward with three patients and a Nurse,
played by Lucy Atkinson. After a slow start the play began to pick
up pace and the introduction of new characters throughout, kept
me focused as to what was going on. I must say I was finding the
'puppet' movement of George, played by Michael Reed, distracting
at first, but it wasn't until the later scenes that he show that
he does have a range of other movements and characters about him.
Both he, and Barbara (Julia Charnock) had some of the best lines
to deliver in the play and they injected some humour into something
that may have been a bit lifeless otherwise. Julia's range of facial
expressions too were amusing and suited her characters well. It
was scripted well in places and the characters involved were cleverly
linked together for the end of the show. Charlie, played by Barry
Preston was impressive also, with a clear and powerful voice, he
managed to carry himself very well.
theatre might not be everyone's cup of tea, being literally sat
upon the actors or seeing slight costumes changes, but for me, it
gives a sense of involvement. If you don't get a chance to see this,
this week then try and get along to something else and you may be
done guys, I left entertained and that's all I ask.