Writer: Rebecca Jane Hammond
Director: Chelsey Gillard
Production: Chippy Lane
Running at just 70 minutes long, Rebecca Jane Hammond’s Right Where We Left Us (RWWLU) packs a punch with its three-strong cast.
Following two Barry Island-born writers and their ambitions to break onto the Broadway scene with a joint production – and charting the course of their spark (‘electric, dangerous’) after years of separation – the twists and turns of RWWLU take the audience from Wales to New York, through a pandemic and back again.
Filled with regional vernacular and reference points that charm a local audience, as well as relatable characterisation and more than a few laugh-out-loud exchanges of dialogue, the plot revolves around the pair’s relationship – what was, what wasn’t and, crucially, what could’ve been.
As the production carefully treads the line of what’s real and what’s not, the company (rotating on different nights of the performance) bring a relatable and grounded performance to the stage.
As central character and female lead, Hannah Daniel, is fresh and dynamic. Both Jacob Ifan and Jonathan Hawkings provide differing levels of opposing emotion: frustration, bemusement, ambivalence.
Pitted as an alternative view, showcasing what happens after (or, in some cases, instead of) ‘happy ever after’, Right Where We Left Us is an interesting take on what happens when best-laid plans are disrupted, things change, and people go in different directions.
A good evening out.
Runs until 5 October 2022