‘I ran as fast as I could. I ran and I ran and I ran until I couldn’t run anymore…’ Lonesome Schoolboy return to Theatre N16, after He(art), with Olympiads. A tale about far more than sporting aspiration. Set around Summer 2012 in Wembley, in the shadow of one of London’s biggest sporting venues, Simeon […]
Andrew Maddock examines the lengths that people will go to in order to protect the ones that they love through the eyes of four very different characters. In He(ART), audiences meet Alice who wants Rhys to sort out his heart condition and Kevin and sister Sam just want to know that their mum is going to be ok.
An interesting change of tack here from Andrew Maddock, who has been steadily carving out a niche for himself in doing creative things in and around the world of monologues (qv #1, #2, #3). Opening at Balham’s TheatreN16, HE(ART) starts in a Maddockian (Maddockish? Maddockesque?) way with two separate duologues intercut with each other, and playing out at the same time.
Two boys and two girls, contemporary twenty something Londoners. Window cleaner Rhys is struggling to keep up with his posh girlfriend, art gallery curator Alice. Initially it seems incongruous that she is so determined to make a go of the relationship with her insecure and emotionally unavailable boyfriend.
He(art) is a new play by Andrew Maddock. It follows the lives of four people, Kevin and Sam, Alice and Rhys, all of them trying to survive in their own way, all of them fighting for something that could ultimately make or break them.
Alice just wants Rhys to help her pick a piece of art for their living room wall. And go to her family doctor to make sure the ‘Heart thingie’ he’s got is under control. But he won’t. Because he’s a Wembley Warrior. Kev’s just got out of prison, he’s not supposed to be, and he’s going to be in a lot of trouble when he’s found. But his sister Sam needs help to make sure mum gets the treatment the NHS won’t pay for. And they’ve all got their eye on the same painting.
Having been entranced by Andrew Maddock’s In/Out (A Feeling), which received an Off-West End award nomination, my hopes were high. This new play is a set of two monologues entitled The We Plays. I wasn’t disappointed. We met two distinctive and memorable characters, watched them in glory and shame, and were drawn into their emotional past.
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