Performers: Filipa Tomas and Bradley Wayne Smith
Reviewer: Maryam Philpott
The ups and downs of relationships are a well-trodden basis for drama but in Crazy Glue performers Filipa Tomas and Bradley Wayne Smith have taken an innovative approach to telling the story of one couple’s marriage from the optimistic early days of high romance, through life-altering problems, to mutual loathing.
Imagine a silent live-action cartoon replete with performer-created sound effects and some 1930s mood music to set the tone. When the actors occasionally speak it is a high-speed squeal which is more for emphasis and effect than to drive the narrative, which on the whole is engagingly told though the bold gestures and slapstick movement. It is a successful and enjoyable approach, creating moments of sweet comedy as well as surprisingly emotional story-telling, with the couple’s return from the hospital without the hoped-for baby being particularly moving.
There is a nice balance between the bold shapes of the fighting and the stillness of the pain and loneliness as the marriage sours. Occasionally some of the scenes don’t work so well and they flag somewhat in the middle – but then everyday happiness is much harder to portray than the extremes of love and hate. Crazy Glue has a strong central story and a novel combination of techniques that much like the central couple will make you want to stick with them to the end.
Runs until29 November| Photo Alex Brenner