Writer: Alan Harris
Director: George Perrin
Reviewer: Laura Hibbert
Lights go down and immediately the audience are thrown into a rapidly paced boy meets girl love story set in Merthyr, Wales. Things are going well for Valentine, son of a Polish taxidermist and Ash, daughter of a failing ice-cream salesman, but family secrets and lies make it difficult for these college students to fall in love.
Writer Alan Harris moulds a Hollywood romantic comedy style plot perfectly to fit the Welsh small town location, with relatable one-liners and familiar characters, he creates an enjoyable and believable experience throughout.
The intricate and subtle lighting and sound changes in this piece of well-crafted theatre are pivotal to the mood and understanding of the play. Not only do they keep the audience on track with the speed of the story, but the actors are dependent upon them too.
All parts are played by just three hard working actors. With no fancy costume or props to rely on, all they have to tell the light-hearted yet intense tale, are the light and sound cues produced by Prema Mehta and Dom Kennedy, superb direction by George Perrin, and each other.
Remy Beasley, Richard Corgan and Andy Rush form the ensemble cast for this Paines Plough, Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd production. Individually, they succeed in making each character identifiable through their well thought out staging and characteristics. Together they have a highly entertaining and engaging dynamic – only falling out of rhythm once or twice due to the sheer velocity of the play.
Loves, Lies and Taxidermy is an uplifting tale told in a way that challenges the audience to use their imagination. Proving that all you need is good writing, cast and direction to bring a show to life, the Paines Plough Roundabout pop-up theatre hosts yet another piece of intelligent and innovative theatre.
Runs until 28 August 2016 | Image: Contributed