Powerful production challenges convention
Monday 30th October 2017 @ 16:02 by Nigel Skinner
Entertainment

REVIEW PARLIAMENT SQUARE

BY DENISE EVANS

James Fritz’s powerful play and winner of a Judges Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting played at The Royal Exchange Theatre this October.

Directed by Jude Christian, this dark and disturbing production asked many questions about how one individual can make a difference in the world.

Kat, a young mother decides to leave her family and head for London to carry out an act that will change her life and all around her, but it doesn’t go according to plan. This was an unusual play with a minimalistic setting arranged like an art installation piece that focused on Kat’s domestic home-life and Westminster.

All characters conveyed strong performances including Esther Smith (Kat) who was compelling in the role and also Lois Chimimba who played a dual role of Jo and Voice – Kat’s inner voice and conscience convincing her that what she was about to execute was necessary in her desire to change the world in protest and self-sacrifice. This was difficult to watch and the staging was simplistic but powerful, especially Kat’s frenzied movements as she physically relived the flames in her hospital bed. Damola Adelaja (Tommy), Kat’s husband was strong in the role and also Joanne Howarth (Mum) and Seraphina Beh (Catherine).

The talented cast played multiple roles including Kelly Hotten (Physio/colleague), Jamie Zubairi (Doctor/Announcer). The final moment of the play was very distressing, but expertly designed by Fly Davis, Lighting Designer Jack Knowles and Sound Designers Ben & Max Ringham.