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Happy Never After (James Quaife / Old Vic New Voices / Festival Highlights)

By | Published on Monday 19 August 2013

With a quirky aesthetic, ‘Happy Never After’ tackles the traumatic impact of unexpected illness on a relationship that’s too young and unprepared. The production has some really wonderful elements, with the script perfectly capturing the enchantingly inane conversations between partners. The set too is a thing of beauty, constantly revealing new surprises as it begins as just a sofa, and ends the play as an entire apartment. It’s the style of acting that unfortunately lets the production down: they’ve gone for a very jarring delivery style. It turns the tender relationship of the script into two people, with no believability as a couple, just spouting lines at each other, thereby upsetting the relationship that the entire production relies on.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 14), 12.40pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Immi Calderwood]