There are no scheduled performances of this production.
I’LL admit I was just a little dubious when Arena announced their intention to stage Patrick Marber’s controversial play about thirty-something love, lust and loss with a much younger cast, and wondered whether they would be able to portray the characters accurately. I’m happy to admit though that my fears were completely unfounded and that I was blown away by the intensity and skill of the performances. Kat Oscier gives an alluring and engaging performance as the damaged Alice, perfectly complementing Rachael Towler’s beautifully nuanced yet passionate Anna. Jamie Wells looks so natural and comfortable on stage that he immediately puts the audience at ease as well, and is incredibly believable as Dan, bringing intense emotion to the role. Sam Stevenson gets most of the laughs in his role as the hapless Larry and skilfully engages the sympathies of the audience. The set is simple but effective and the direction assured, with great use of music and video in between scenes to set the mood. Tom Flood and Louise Thomas are obviously directors to watch and I will eagerly await their next offerings. There is only one performance left, at the Winchester pub on Tuesday 8th March, so get there if you possibly can.