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May 2004
Touched By Fire - The Burton Taylor
Image of a hand touching a fire
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Touched By Fire
By Ciaran McConville

4 - 8 May

The Burton Taylor Theatre
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By Mark Urso-Cale

Taking 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 of horror'.

We 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.

The 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 pleasantly surprised.

Well done guys, I left entertained and that's all I ask.

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