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Our Writer (York DramaSoc)

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2016

Our Writer Ed2016

What do characters do while their creator wrestles with writers’ block? That’s the question posed in this charmingly funny exploration of self-aware fourth wall breaking and dramatic conventions. There are shades of ‘Waiting for Godot’ as our two protagonists Morphine and Porcelain – do the names mean anything, they ask each other – ponder their existence. Are they real? Do they have free will? There’s a lot of comedy in the piece; the actors mine a surprising number of laughs out of the word “door” and I’d have liked more focus on the humour, less on the existential angst. The self-reflexive nature of the script means the philosophical ponderings lack weight, especially contrasted with the clever wit and humour.

C Nova, until 20 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]