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Two (Fringe 2017)

Two_YorkDay two into Fringe and I’m already having mini heart-attacks in regards to tickets. I realised that I haven’t packed a student card (to those who know me, this isn’t uncommon) and have already bought a lot of concession tickets. It hasn’t barred me from anywhere so far, so I guess I’ll continue buying them to avoid a significant dent in the bank account. Anyway, let’s get to it!

Two, from the University of York’s DramaSoc, places the audience in an unnamed Northen pub, opening a window into the lives of its patrons. The two actors play numerous roles, from mild-mannered elderlies to bitter owners.

It’s usually hard playing different roles without either making them too similar or making them so dissimilar they appear exaggerated and artificial. Fortunately, the play shows us an array of compelling characters: not easy when bravely sticking to one accent (rather than switching to feign original contrast). Some characters felt like they needed a little more direction to diversify them, but most felt wholly natural in their environment.

Perhaps where Two succeeds most of all is its writing: Northern colloquialisms and quips give way to beautiful writing that subtly oozes poetic charm. Two brilliantly avoids all the pitfalls that come with a small multi-role cast to provide us with a comical insight – paired with perhaps a darker yet contemplative one – into the dainty ecosystem of a typical English pub. With some tweaks to some characters, delivery, and direction, Two could become a fantastic commentary on the relationships people have, and the obstacles those relationships face.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

P.S. Props that, despite a big technical mishap, you were quick to bring back the theatrical illusion. Well done!

All My Sons and Rebecca

Bro, Do You Even Theatre?

There’s one thing I’ve been thinking about all week. Every second, of every minute, of ever hour, of ever day this week, one thought has constantly been running through my mind:

"Please, oh please, let this week be over."

This week has been a nightmare. Firstly, I’d be surprised if I had anywhere near seven hours sleep for any night of this week (except for last night, where I slept like a log). My English coursework kept me constantly busy, trying to make it the best it can be.

As well as fighting off essays left right and centre, I had two trips this week. Now, you may wonder why that would be a bad thing. The bad thing, was that they were on two consecutive days, with the first one getting me home at 12.30 at night. Great.

But despite being tired, hectically working, stressed, and kind of out of pocket (I need a job), these trips were pretty useful. Why? Because I have something to review. I didn’t have time for a film or a book, so with both trips being to plays, I am in a great position to review. Bro, do you even drama?!

Anyway, let’s get on! Continue reading All My Sons and Rebecca