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The Approach (Landmark Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 14 August 2018

There is a poetic, elliptical dislocation to ‘The Approach’. The dialogue perfectly captures the lilting rhythms of speech, as we observe the changing relationships between three women. The play takes the structure of a series of conversations over coffee, during which the characters bring one another up to date on the love, betrayal, warmth and sorrow in their lives. Only two of the actors are present at any one time, and much humour is mined from the echoing and repetition of stories and structures. But at the play’s moving climax, the repetition becomes something more, a Joycean cycle revealing something profound about relationships and memory, and about our deep, abiding need for companionship.

Assembly Hall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]