A must-see, but mind the language

A must-see, but mind the language

A must-see, but mind the language

First published in Arts Reviews Essex County Standard: Photograph of the Author by

Poignant, beautiful, brutal, funny.

Four words that sum up this great play, but also the relationship it examines.

It’s about Kali and Todd, a couple who met in a bar, bought a house together and then planned to live happily ever after.

But this hasn’t quite worked out how the characters would have liked, as they have ended up emotional hostages to a violent and destructive relationship.

The title of Bryony Lavery’s play refers to the city the couple are planning to get away to.

It’s a city break designed to detract from the problems lying beneath the surface.

It’s also a reference to the syndrome where hostages sympathise with their captors.

In this respect as the play draws to a close, you see Todd and Kali accept the huge faults within their relationship and, to some extent, revel in it.

It really is an excellent piece of work which at moments is touching and funny, as well as thought-provoking and deeply moving.

For the play to work, you have to believe absolutely in the characters and actors Clare Humphrey and Marshall Griffin are utterly convincing, easily earning our empathy.

The simple set, melancholy soundtrack and clever use of movement made it almost balletic in its intensity and beauty, and if it wasn’t for the rather choice language in places, I really would recommend it to everyone.

But if you can take the bad language then you must see this play.

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