Our Visit to the Maltings Arts Theatre!

Our Visit to the Maltings Arts Theatre!

Our Visit to the Maltings Arts Theatre!

We took a trip last weekend to our closest venue, The Maltings Arts Theatre as we hadn't been in a while, and they had two monologues performed by my favourite playwright.

It was brave of OVO Theatre Company to take on such a challenging, yet simple, production, and the pairing of these two monologues is an obvious choice. Stephen's monologues Seawall and T5 were performed together, as they have very comparable themes of grief. Within Seawall, the unimaginable happens - if you haven't seen it, I suggest doing so at www.seawallandrewscott.com. T5 is less well-known. It follows a woman's journey away from her daily life as she struggles with the trauma of a violent act close to her home. The violence permeates her life, and her inability to act shocks her into questioning her authority over the rest of her life, as she unfurls the trauma of her husband's infidelity. The emotion is perfectly captured by both Stephen Cunningham and Zoe Coxon, as they manage to create the atmosphere of numbness without appearing blank. They are utterly convincing in every nuance, and well cast - Cunningham is the most realistically 'fatherly' appearance I have seen perform this role. Although Andrew Scott's clean-cut (and renowned) performance of this monologue could not be criticised, the stubble and life experience worn into Cunningham's face made me wholly convinced of his pain.

You should never be able to see the seam between excellent acting and directing, and this was thoroughly accomplished. Director Andrew Margerison also made a fitting decision in allowing the pieces to speak for themselves without any need to 'theatricalise' them as such. The simple set of a white screen gave the audience an aesthetic 'blank page', and the shadow work was a nice touch, allowing the physical imagery of the woman floating above the ground in T5  to extend beyond our imagination, into a haunting creation.

Overall, an exciting choice for the Maltings Arts Theatre, and we look forward to Abi Morgan's Splendour.

Full review available at www.charliwallis.wix.com/theatre

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