Theatre N16 / Balham / 1st Feb - 13th Feb 2016

Reviews

London Pub Theatres ****

"…a play and story that everyone involved with should be very proud… Sharpe's dialogue is sparse and muscular. He constantly evokes the world of the workplace that can be a fun place to be in but at the same time a hell on earth… served incredibly well by his two leads.

Ben Keenan brings to Peter a comic dryness, an angst and at the end a dishevelment that is totally believable. Victoria Morrison is beautiful, charismatic and heart breaking. Both I'm sure will go on to have very distinguished careers in the Theatre.

This is a play that needs a wider audience. I hope it gets it. It richly deserves to be seen far and wide."

Richard Braine


Carn's Theatre Passion***

"The issues this play deals with are profoundly important. Examining the hypocrisies, the power imbalance and the violent adherence to gendered stereotypes in the workplace is something that needs examining. In places, the chemistry between the characters was enticing and the dialogue spot on.

Ben Keenan, as Peter, pulls of the loveable rogue well, perhaps particularly in the central scene of the play, where his insecurities are challenged and he lashes out. He hides behind the hyper-masculine mask he has to put on to hide his shame at himself.

Victoria Morrison has a difficult role to play. Caught between worlds and unable to fit in any of them, she pays the ultimate price for her bravado and sexual confidence. This is a character type I would like to see again. We weren't exactly encouraged to like her, she was pretty annoying, which actually made it all the more powerful when we shared in the horror of what she went through.

The audience were left a little confused, as they should have been. To create empathy with someone who would conventionally be considered Ďa monster' is a bold achievement…there's no doubt that the play carries an incredibly important message…"

Sarah Tinsley


Broadway World

"…a rare beast in London Theatre - a play set in today's world, dealing with today's issues with characters behaving like real people.

Ben Keenan, who brings the stage presence and charisma of a stand-up comedian to Peter, making him a man who has done something evil rather than an evil man. Victoria Morrison delivers Polly's transformation (growing up ten years in four) with beautiful attention to detail - the look, the walk, the sexiness turned back from coquettishly boiling over to confidently simmering. Director Lana McIver uses the intimate space well, the different ways in which each character dominates it telling the story as much as the script, successfully sidestepping the temptation to crank up the exposition at the cost of characterisation.

This important and thought-provoking play is enough to jar the most complacent manager out of his or her comfort zone in the workplace - because this stuff is probably going on somewhere quite close by right now."

Gary Naylor


Everything Theatre

"It's difficult to explain how important this play is, and how real the events seem. My emotions were in constant conflict: one minute I was laughing and the next I was feeling uncontrollable empathy. This play really does cover it all in terms of emotions, and the intimate feel of the theatre only makes the experience more personal. If you want to see a modern and fresh story commendably tackling today's issues then I highly recommend it. And even if you don't, I would still urge you to go"

Eva De Valk