Writers: Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells
Director: Joe Murphy
Reviewer: Marina Spark
Three of the most respected contemporary writers in the UK today have joined forces with nabokov to marry the experience of being at a live gig with watching three short plays. The concept is interesting, however, the results are a little weak.
The four actor-musicians are excellent and their characterisation and execution of the piece cannot be faulted. What lets down the piece is the little substance to be found within the plots and the characters. The three stories concentrate on overcoming adversity, loneliness and finding and losing love. While these tales are relatable and recognisable to Joe Public they are not particularly entertaining, poignant or amusing and leave the audience feeling a little jaded.
The style of most of the writing is excellent and some of the rhythms within are extremely effective. Similarly the music, by Ed Gaughan, is fantastic and proves to be the highlight of the piece, even if at times it feels disjointed from the action of the plays.
nabokov’s attempt to develop ‘gig theatre’ is attention-grabbing and has room to grow, however, on this occasion has not quite hit the mark.
Runs until 25th August