The ageing course of can bestow many presents. It provides us data, knowledge and a higher appreciation of life. However it additionally steals time – essentially the most treasured commodity of all. We cling to recollections as they fragment and lose their readability however the previous will at all times deliver consolation. Peter Gill’s new play lands in a care house and tells a captivating story of misplaced youth and unhappy reflection. Two aged gents relate the story of their biggest love while dutiful kinfolk ponder the longer term. The spectre of previous love revisits to point out who really stirred their ardour.
With a blanket draped throughout his knees, Alex (Christopher Godwin) describes a fateful first assembly in Hammersmith. In the meantime, Colin (Ian Gelder) sketches a spikey and playful encounter in Soho. Each drift out and in of slumber as they discreetly maintain palms. Twentysomethings Nick (James Schofield) and Gareth (Sam Thorpe-Spinks) seem of their goals and recreate conversations from the previous. Alex’s son Andrew (Andrew Woodall) fills in his backstory while Clare (Claire Value) does the identical for her uncle Colin.
A play filled with dialogue locations all six characters on stage as they concurrently ship traces including depth to Alex and Colin’s story. While that is central to the interaction between the characters, it might typically be tough to observe. The rhythmic supply is difficult however compelling as a superb script involves the fore. Vivid recollections of London within the Nineteen Fifties are painted in an excellent hue. The Nineteen Sixties obtain the identical therapy as diffidence gave method to newly discovered confidence and liberalism. However the shackles that confined them continued to hang-out and hinder a life lived in shadow. The suitable to be who they’re seemingly coming too late as conference took management. Andrew and Claire appear oblivious to their youth and blindsided by the intimacy they now share. However inevitably private points are effervescent beneath the floor. While there’s an simple pathos in regards to the play it nonetheless has its lighter moments, which nestle with broader dilemmas about caring for the aged and combating the evil presence of dementia.
Peter Gill has normal a perfectly judged piece complemented by a superlative solid. It handed within the blink of an eye fixed and ended simply because it received going. The flexibility to color photos with phrases is a uncommon expertise and proof of a craftsman at work. It was an all too quick 65 minutes that can depart you wanting rather more.
Evaluate by Brian Penn
Seat: D9 | Value of Ticket: £33/£29 concessions