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A curious concept – a play about the effect of a film being in made in rural Ireland from the perspective of two extras, who also played the other 14 or so parts in the play - but with insightful direction from Bekka Prideaux and the great performances of John O’Leary and Alex C Brewer, we were treated to a piece that was poignant, amusing and tragic.

TADS Theatre was a good venue for the play, as it was able to encompass the feeling of theatre in the round, which made it very inclusive for the audience, with excellent lighting and effects from Richard Foster, which were spot on for all the character switches.  I loved the projections too – they added to the feel of the play.

Sound was also good, some lovely background noises – except for at the Wake, when the sound effects were slightly too loud and it was difficult to hear what the actors were saying.

Technically a very good production, very slick and well-managed.  The set was extremely minimalistic which meant that the action carried it all, and the use of the ledge at the side for the change of costumes etc worked very well.

The different individuals, both male and female, portrayed by John and Alex each had their own very marked characterisation, and once we were tuned in to the quick switches, we could appreciate each one in their own right.  The portrayal by Alex of the change to female film star was signified by the flicking back of the hair, and the suggestive bending of his body was well done. I thought John’s portrayal of the female production assistant was a good transition too.

I thought the Irish Dance was great, very energetic and apparently the audience asked for an encore the previous night!  

The two men worked really hard, and managed the script very well too.

I know Bekka worked on each character with John and Alex so that there would be no doubt as to who they were, and this showed in the interpretation from them both.  They interacted well, and showed the changes in the relationship of the two main characters Jake and Charlie, particularly towards the end following the suicide of Sean Harkin who was found to have Stones In His Pockets when recovered from the water.

We had plenty of laughs along the way, balanced by the sadness of the suicide, and also the angry exchanges, a very good three dimensional perception of life.

I enjoyed the play, the way it was acted, and the technical side very much – well done to everyone involved.



 review date: 8th October 2016

TADS Theatre, Toddington

Director: Bekka Prideauxr  

Asst: Kerry Collins

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