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Arrivals (Twelve Twelve Theatre and New Celts Productions)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2019

The concept behind ‘Arrivals’ is initially a clever one: Tony wakes up in Budapest Airport, unaware of how he got there after a drunken night out. Nobody else is around in the departure lounge except the vivacious Mel, who sporadically drip-feeds Tony hints (much to his dismay). The first half of ‘Arrivals’ contains a light-hearted dialogue; yet the second half evolves into something much deeper. Only two suitcases grace the stage alongside the actors, and transpire to be a major element of this production. While the acting is overall emphatic and impressive, the important link leading to the conclusion feels flippant and ‘Arrivals’ ends abruptly. Squeezed into 45 minutes, this production could benefit from broadening the length of its horizons to be less, dare we say it, turbulent.

theSpace On The Mile, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Kieran Scott]