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Bitter Lemons (RJG Productions / Bristol Old Vic / Pleasance)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

Amidst the mayhem of the fringe it’s great to join a show where almost from the outset you know you are in the safe hands of good actors with a good script. Not that this is a comfortable piece; two women from different worlds unexpectedly confront the same challenging decision. An excellent script by Lucy Hayes crisply develops rich back-stories for each. Just as skilfully, it explores their individual responses, unique but influenced by their immediate personal and social environment. Shannon Hayes and Chanel Waddock are both excellent and Lucy Hayes ably directs her own writing. There’s a brief loss of momentum in the closing scenes but this is still first-rate theatre-making and the result is pitch perfect.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]