White Bear Theatre

Until Sat Dec 1 2012


© Richard Hubert Smith

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Raymond Wheatan

Much as his last play was more than a little similar to The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Roger Mortimer Smith's Trauma is very reminiscent of Anthony Horwitz's Mindgame. Rigby makes his character too much of a panto character while Bates is more convincing. Trauma is essentially a comedy and it's a pity that that didn't come across.


Yep, agree with others here - good night out, involving mystery, v good actors, smartly done. One of the comments takes issue with the end, but the change of tone right at the end gives you something to take away and talk about, as the others have said.


Went last night. Very enjoyable evening. An interesting and cleverly thought through drama with a series of twists that kept me gripped throughout. Strong performances, clear and succinct direction - well worth a visit. Interesting (and rare) we talked about it all the way to the underground and then ran in to two other members of the audience who were equally keen to discuss their own, very positive, reaction. When I asked how they had heard about Trauma they said word of mouth. Us as well - pass it on!


Nicely-tuned performances, good solid direction by Conrad Blakemore and Nancy Surman's sharp uncluttered design serve this twisty psycho thriller very well, a good night out in a powerfully intimate space, recommended.


Intriguing new play - bit of a 70s throwback and why not? Plenty of twists and turns (most of which are blown by the TO review above, which seems unfair to say the least), plus three excellent performances. Well worth a look.


Tend to agree with the review although I would say tha actors make a valiant effort. A littke dated.


I went to see 'Trauma' last night and was gripped by it. It started fairly conventionally, but then began to evolve into layers of intrigue, where what you assumed was happening turned itself on its head, but in a plausable but shocking way. It was a very intense psycho-drama with strong, complex but poetic dialogue. The actors were brilliant, all interacting with real intimacy as their characters and inter-relationships morphed. I would highly recommend going to see this gem in Kennington.


This is a 70s-style 'Chinese box'-type play in the vein of Sleuth and Deathtrap. The first half is very 70s - the woman is forced to strip to her undies a few times, as women were in Monty Python etc. - but it's worth sticking out for the second half to see how the writer keeps you guessing. The climax of the play strikes a very worthwhile grace note, but right at the last moment the writer decides to introduce a lurid melodramatic touch. I love lurid melodrama, but the seriousness of the subject matter that has just emerged doesn't sit well with this last flourish. That said, it's worth seeing to witness how a writer has worked out a piece of clever artifice - do you think it holds up? The performances are excellent and the direction by Conrad Blakemore is clean and unfussy.