Writer: Thomas Eccleshare
Director: Steve Marmion
Reviewer: John Roberts
Soho Theatre and Dancing Brick have joined forces to bring together this neatly packaged piece of storytelling, which plays in the wonderfully intimate surroundings of the Paines Plough Roundabout theatre.
A scientist discovers something quite extraordinary at the top of a mountain during a blizzard… but who will believe what she saw, and why should they believe her? Why do people only believe certain things that a person tells them and not others?
Steve Marmion directs Valentina Ceschi with an edge of realism, although hardly speaking throughout – most of the text is read from a sat down, passive narrator from the script. Ceschi manages to bring great depth to the character from strong physicality and movement – even the smallest detail is thought about, almost akin to strong TV acting.
The narrator reads the piece with fluidity and plenty of passionate colour, however one feels a little let down that this isn’t “off-book” and that the relationship between storyteller and character doesn’t really get explored in a satisfactory way.
Negatives aside, this story is engaging and the performances strong with some clever and beautiful moments of direction from Marmion. I’m Not Here Right Now may not be ground-breaking but it is a sweet and enjoyable adventure all the same.