ED2011 1/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Haverfordwest (Royal Holloway University Drama Society with Devine and Riley Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 30 August 2011

‘Haverfordwest’ describes itself as a “dark comic drama” centring on Jas and her “inner circle” – teenagers at the cusp of adulthood. The show that follows is hinged on a disconnected cacophony of a script, acted with seemingly random emotional highs and lows. Their use of the stage and blocking is ramshackle at best, with a very poignant scene taking place at the front of the barely raised stage, causing audience members to bend and strain to see. The lighting and set are similarly under used, and even in ‘Fringe conditions’, more could have been done to differentiate locations and emotions. Suddenly screeching to a halt, the show ends as it progressed – incoherent and garbled, and damaging the (already precarious) reputation of student theatre everywhere.

theSpaces at Surgeons Hall, 5 – 27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 4.45pm (5.45pm), £5.00 – £7.00, fpp268.
tw rating 1/5