Reality Rating: 2/5
Fidget Factor: 0.5
Flat and Predictable
One single year takes a couple from honeymoon to hell. Glimmers of an unhappy relationship soon starts to show, as compromise and patience diminish, hidden parts of a secret past scream to be known.
This performance of Abigail fails to grasp the emotions of a highly confrontational situation, instead we are delivered a flat performance that feels more like a mundane script reading. No warmth, or softness to the actors voices, screeching and threatening tones are used show pain and frustration. This production lacks the imagination and energy needed to take the audience on a journey. Hindered by the writing; unrealistic language and conversation is used in naturalistic scenes causing an overly forced performance. Doyle dismisses the audience’s ability to devise connotations from the text and explains every detail; leaving nothing to be interpreted, only determined. The entire storyline is predictable, no revelations in plot are delivered after the first few scenes. Holding off empathy, this production leaves the audience feeling detached – perhaps an intentional goal as the characters in the prorgramme are simply named, ‘Woman’ and ‘Man’.
Vindictive and abusive, this relationship is full of domestic abuse from a violent and malicious woman. Unfortunately Abigail sticks to the typical characteristics the media present of an abusive woman; psychotic and once labelled the victim. A strong dominant woman, simply using her power, would have offered a different perspective, and forced the audience to challenge their preconceptions around domestic abuse. There is nothing revolutionary about this storyline, but it is still important to highlight that domestic abuse happens in both directions.
Mark Rose’s performance is promising in parts, especially in the more romantic sections of the story where he can explore a happy and playful character. Tia Bannon seemed to struggle with the script, which only offers two extremes of emotion; sweet and delightful to cruel and controlling.
The Bunker Theatre held a music set following the performance which held themes from within the show. A delightful duo, which held passion and feeling.
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▦ Photos – Courtesy of Anton Belmonté
Time: 60 Minutes, No Interval
Running: 10 JAN 17 ► 4 FEB 17
♥ Thank you to Tilly Wilson @ChloeNelkin for the invite
♥ Thanks to Greg for his illustration of Melting Icecream