The Same Deep Water As Me

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'The Same Deep Water As Me' at the Donmar Warehouse.

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'The Same Deep Water As Me' at the Donmar Warehouse.

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'The Same Deep Water As Me' at the Donmar Warehouse.

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'The Same Deep Water As Me' at the Donmar Warehouse.

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'The Same Deep Water As Me' at the Donmar Warehouse.

After his smash hit 'Constellations' won best play at the Evening Standard Awards in 2012, and lost out to 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' at the Oliviers, Nick Payne returns with a new one as part of the Donmar's Autumn season. Payne moves from the subject of infinite universes to the sordid world of personal injury lawyers. While helping his high school nemesis Kevin out of a fix, Andrew, one of Luton's finest, gets caught up in a lie that spins out of control. The cast includes Monica Dolan and Nigel Lindsay.

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Carol Kan

“The same deep water as me” at Donmar Warehouse is the latest offering from Nick Payne. It follows the steps of the award-winning, critically acclaimed “Constellation” but in a different direction. It is miles away from the many-worlds of quantum mechanics, as Andrew and Barry, two personal injury lawyers, negotiate the world of ‘no win, no fee’ litigation. The office set was brilliantly designed by Scott Pask and the fan was a brilliant touch, given 2013 is one of the hottest summers in living memory. The small size theatre of Donmar Warehouse made scene-changing difficult and at times, cumbersome. The thrill of lying was clearly dramatised in the court scene when Kevin (the claimant played by Marc Wootton) and his wife (Niky Wardley) were economical with the truth. There was a real moment of brilliance when Kevin did an interpretation of the rapper Snoop Dogg, drawing thunders of laughers from the audience. The inherent contradiction of consumerism and international corporations were illustrated throughout the play. The ending was poignant, hinting to the difficulties Andrew faced in his private life. The reasons as to why the lawyers Andrew and Barry became increasingly involved in the web of lies were hinted at, but never fully explained. The motivation behind their actions remained fully elusive from the audience.