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Suspicious Minds (Tom Fowler and The Pleasance)

By | Published on Friday 11 August 2017

At first I was confused: why is a simple relationship drama being presented in radio play format, complete with foley artists? But when Mark books a romantic time-travel holiday (taking in Ancient Rome, Regency England and the Titanic) to salvage his dying relationship with Fran, things became clear. What follows is a wry blend of humour, pathos and emotional honesty, with a refreshing sci-fi twist. The characters are believably, recognisably flawed and the regular laughs keep things from getting too maudlin, without ever undermining the emotional heft of the performances. Eschewing clich├ęs and obvious endings, ‘Suspicious Minds’ delivers a resolution that is fittingly satisfying, but not overly convenient or unrealistic.

Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andy Leask]