Reviews by Lynn Ruth

 

Directed by Nick Brice & Amanda Bailey


Cast:  Amanda Bailey, Ben Galpin, Cassandra Hodges, Helena Doughty, Simon Kingsley

I cannot think of a more delightful way to spend a lunch hour than at The St. James Studio enjoying 4 fast-paced, comedic ten-minute plays.  Each vignette casts a new light on the pre-conceived notions and codes of conduct we all take for granted, and each plot makes you ponder your own hang-ups even as you laugh at the antics on stage.

LUNCHTIME FOUR-PLAY
9-13 February 2015

This show has a huge subtext that every woman in the audience knows by heart.  We have all lived it.  We have seen it played out over and over again.  It would have been a richer play had the authors delved into Lily’s very valid reasons for aborting, but they do not.  They have Lily say, “I need to do this for me,” but there are far deeper reasons why Lily was right in aborting the birth.  We all sensed this, but it would have made a far more powerful piece, if Lily’s reasons were made more apparent.  

Society cannot be told often enough what it is doing to young women when it opens the door to sexual freedom, but does nothing to deal with the results.  Instead, we tell our young people that sex something we should all enjoy.  Then we brand the women who believed us as sinners and murderers while many men do not even know they might have been fathers. Lily’s story is a tragedy so common it no longer shocks us.  That is the crime that this play brings to life.   

BUMP - THE BOX

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2017

Touch is about power.  The question it poses in each of its many scenes is: who is really in charge in a relationship?  The play paints a very real and all too shocking picture of what it is like to be a single woman in your thirties in the vast impersonality of London. Your time clock is ticking; you have to work impossible hours in low paid jobs that do not cover rent and food and you have not gotten even close to the life you thought you would have at the age you are.  Your girlfriends are settled with children and a decent standard of living. All you have is your determination to make a life and it gets harder and harder to stay determined.  

 

Touch is an eye opener and it is mesmerizing.  The pace is perfectly pitched, and each character is exactly who they should be.  They are the stereotypes we read about made real.  The action mesmerizes us and there is not a dull moment or a wasted word.  It is a must see on every level.  It is entertaining, it is wise and it is what life has become, like it or not.   

TOUCH - SOHO THEATRE

Thu 6 July - Sat 26 Aug 2017