Writer/Director: Michael White
Reviewer: Julia Taylor
It must be no co-incidence that Square Peg Theatre’s Nordic Noir thriller about fracking protestors is called Roseacre. For a real case about Cuadrilla’s attempt to commence fracking at Roseacre Wood in Lancashire has just been rejected by the Council.
In the company’s dark new play supposedly inspired by Scandinavian thrillers such as The Killing and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, an anti-fracking demonstration turns violent and the protestors and the police have a fight on their hands to find the truth. But we learn little about the fracking debate.
The cast use mime and co-ordinated movement as well as speech to tell their drab tale involving lesbianism where we follow an undercover police officer caught in a world of lies, betrayal and murder. As a writer, Michael White uses swear words as a prop to increase the actors’ passion.It only succeeds in illustrating the paucity of his dialogue. Even the plot is somewhat confusing.
This may be due to the cast taking on extra rôles without making it crystal clear who they are. On the whole, the four actors, Emma Romy-Jones, Dominic Myerscough, Kate Robinson and Michael White himself cope as best they can but, even so, the pace is slow. It appears that the whole purpose of the play is to shock the audience without justification.
If the star rating was based solely on the sound effects, Owen Rafferty would get five. His sound design is always on time and crystal clear. Everything from pouring bath water, to revving a car to gun fire is distinctive. He shows great technical talent..
Reviewed on Wednesday, 15th July 2015