ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

I See Simon (Thomas Fellowes Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Short, but not necessarily to the point, there’s an insightful character-study somewhere in this sluggishly paced performance. Examining a love triangle interrupted by the drink-driving death of the eponymous Simon, the script is overloaded with rhetorical questions and lengthy monologues which dissipate the play’s understated energy. All three actors present distinct and clearly drawn characters, making them interesting if not sympathetic, though their crisply enunciated dialogue seems forced at times. Thea Beyleveld’s conflicted wife and mistress stands out, conveying volumes through well-observed gesture and subtle inflection, but even this fails to clear the enervating atmosphere. At one point, a distraught character imagines his epitaph: “unrealised potential” is as fitting a verdict as the show could ask for.

Zoo Roxy, 15 – 28 Aug, 4.25 pm (5.10 pm), £5.00 – £7.00, fpp272.
tw rating 2/5