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Lilac

"characters are finely drawn and their dilemmas skilfully articulated"

Audrey review: The penultimate production in the Kings Cross Hotel space reminds us what this room does so very well.

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Show: Lilac
Company: sandpaperplane
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Lilac

Date: 30 Jun 2022

Playwright Jackson Used’s tightly framed two-hander is a girl-meets-guy story – albeit an atypical one.

Girl (Diana) meets guy (George) in the women’s toilets during a funeral service for a friend. George is snorting coke and claims to be hiding from the high school peer he inadvertently blinded.

Diana just wants to use the loo.

A couple of relationship red flags straight away, you might think. But something clicks immediately between Diana and George and after a short and feisty bout of flirting, they are bound into a life-defining relationship that is marked by addiction, punctuated by absence and seemingly unstoppable – even when they are in relationships with other people.

Used’s play is a very satisfying one. The characters are finely drawn and their dilemmas skilfully articulated. Directed by Shane Antony, actors Kate Skinner and Jack Angwin deliver translucently truthful performances.

The staging is stark (a kitchen island in a white enclosure, designed by Adrienne Andrews). Scenes are demarcated by sudden black outs (Saint Clair is the lighting designer; Chrysoulla Markoulli the composer). It’s a mercilessly revealing space for a performer to inhabit for 90 minutes but Skinner and Angwin don’t miss a beat.

Here’s hoping KXT/bAKEHOUSE’s new space – wherever that is – can provide its audience with experiences as gripping and intimate as this.

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