Presented by Ellandar Productions & 45North
Reviewed 12 February 2020
Basically, a love story told with dialogue and movement, this production was developed by Award winning playwright Iskandar R. Sharazuddin who also performs as Alex in this complex dance drama fusion. The two protagonists, Sharazuddin and his fellow performer Essie Barrow, show us the beginning of their romance, the budding intimacy and the developing trust. This switches in following segments to the broken remnants of their romance. They meet ten years later at a friend’s wedding barely friends, antagonistic and so the post-mortem begins. Working through what went wrong, taking apart the mistakes and misunderstandings, the accusation of blame and then unpeeling to find the truth.
This is a fine emotional piece with clever writing and evocative movement expressing the many feelings in the sequences presented. Unexpectedly deep and well directed by Jessica Rose McVay with sensitive lighting and music coupled with the undertone of a heartbeat present throughout. The onstage chemistry is strong and the movements at times both sensual and jarring.
Well worth adding to your Fringe must-see list.
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Rating out of 5: 4.5
Venue: Holden Street Theatres – The Studio
Season: 11 – 23 Feb 2020
Duration: 60 mins