Theatre, Drama
5 out of 5 stars
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David Spencer's 1986 Verity Bargate Award winning-play is revived by Cut Dead Productions in the intimate Map Studio Cafe Theatre space. Samantha Seager and Phil Snowden play Julie and Steven as we witness their marriage, which is held together by the longing to be happy again.


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Samantha Seager gives a stunning performance in this small, perfectly formed three hander. From the moment she walks on stage you can't quite keep your eyes from her; you don't know what she'll do next. A great deal of sadness, sure, but also great moments of humour lifted out by the talented cast and with the subtle, unfussy direction you expect from director Helen Sheals. I hope this gets seen elsewhere. The performances make this production quietly beautiful and heartbreaking in equal measure.

Saw this brilliant play by David Spencer here last night and was hugely impressed by this slick, challenging piece of theatre. Samantha Seager, gives an intense and moving performance as Julie, the nervy, desperate wife of booze-addled Stephen (deftly played by Phil Snowden), chain-smoking and self-medicating as her marriage slides beyond all recognition. Light relief comes in the form of neighbour Tommy (David Nellist), always on hand to offer up northern charm and an insightful quip - swiftly followed by a guiding hand back to the local pub. Helen Sheals directs with confidence and subtlety, exemplifying the piece's humour and simmering tragedy - whist using the intimate space to evoke real dramatic tension. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. *****