Reviewer: Tom Ralphs
This play claims to be an impactful drama about mental health, love and family, exploring how we can move on and find happiness after tragedy. The problem is that it’s focus is overwhelmingly on the first part of this, and it rather simplifies the second.
Tori is alone in her flat, surrounded by empty bottles and unwashed clothes, resisting all visitors and lying that her partner Sarah is still in the house. The reality is that she and Sarah have split up. Friends eventually trick their way into the house and try and get her to get washed and dressed and face the world again. She refuses to do this and also refuses to admit that she has problems.
It takes an intervention from her two main friends and her gran before anything changes and she has to see a psychiatrist. This is the point where the reasons behind her withdrawal start to emerge. A complex and compelling story unfolds before Tori returns home and has to try to adjust to life and move on.
Apart from one very powerful moment when her attempts to do this are disrupted, it seems too easy, as if all that was needed to unlock her trauma was to talk to the psychiatrist. This makes the play feel unbalanced. There is too much about her before she moves on and too little about the process of starting to move on.
As Tori, Stella Gage gives an excellent performance, but the script as a whole does not explore the issues in the depth that is needed to make the play all that it could be.
Runs until 11 August 2018 | Image: Contributed