18th-21st August at Collection Theatre, Lord Stanley
Jeff Thomas, London – â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…â˜…
“While â€˜nature vs nurtureâ€™ may ultimately be the theme of Ryan Rogersâ€™ darkly comic one woman play, itâ€™s by no means the only great ponderable under the spotlight in this shadowy, absorbing drama.
Through a highly dexterous, powerful performance, nineteen year old Livvy Lynch, unpicks the mysterious suicide note of the playâ€™s title via the eyes of six characters, inviting us to contemplate religion, family, class, and the media (as well as the vagaries of test cricket!) and challenges us â€“ in the aftermath of a truly horrific tragedy â€“ to subvert our moral compass to consider whether, ultimately, any of it really matters.
Lynch is a captivating performer, displaying control and confidence which defies her years, effortlessly switching between Rogersâ€™ disparate creations â€“ a broken, alcoholic mother seamlessly morphs into a deliciously grotesque tabloid hack, a charismatic criminal transforms gracefully into an inquisitive academic, and a world weary teacher trades places flawlessly with a wide-eyed gypsy girl as the riddle gradually unravels.
In a play centering on filicide and suicide one would naturally imagine a dearth of light-heartedness, however, thanks to Rogersâ€™ sharp-witted script and Lynchâ€™s natural comic timing there are thankfully numerous moments of mirth to punctuate the macabre.”