The Sea Between – Camden Fringe, The Cockpit

Reviewer: Christine Stanton

Writer: Demi Leigh

Director: Vittorio Parri

Ginny is much like her Greek mythology namesake Iphigenia. Her life seems to be destined for another great tragedy, always waiting for the waves of reality to come crashing down on her and wash away any semblance of happiness she could have. But when she meets Mike, successful, charming and gentlemanly, she allows herself to get spirited away – in love with the idea of the life they could build together, praying that they can work through any issues and live a happy ever after.

Writer and performer Demi Leigh creates an interesting tale of love, betrayal and heartbreak, weaving inspiration from Greek mythology into a modern day tapestry. This combination works for the most part, but it would be great to see the narrative pushed further to combine the two writing styles even more and really merge the thematic boundaries. As it stands, the performance is a slow-burner, creeping its way to the finale, which is full of heightened drama.

Although neither Matthew Kay (Mike) nor Demi Leigh (Ginny) falter on stage, the chemistry is somewhat lacking between them, so it is hard to establish the connection between the characters and fully immerse yourself into their story. The narrative begins with Ginny and Mike meeting at a house party, before immediately transporting you to them moving in together, where the plot becomes quite stagnant until the finale. It would work really well if there could be some more build-up of their relationship to allow the audience the time to invest into where the characters end up. Both actors are at their best when they broach the suspenseful ending, allowing the tension to build to each of the well-paced reveals.

Overall, while this isn’t a tidal wave of brilliance, it still has splashes of intrigue and tension, that if explored further could result in a really unique production.

Reviewed on 11 August 2022

The Camden Fringe runs from 1 -28 August 2022

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