The tempestuous story of two ideologically opposed, minor league football men and the young player caught between them has little to do with the actual game and has a compelling, emotional narrative.
Phina Oruche has had an extraordinary career. Growing up in Liverpool to Nigerian parents and desperately wanting to see more of the world, she let her best friend Amy talk her into doing a modelling photoshoot as a teenager. Soon she found herself living and working in London, then New York and LA.
Writer Sophie Leuner clearly has plenty of great character ideas that work well on stage and an innate sense for narrative storytelling, but choosing to put these people within the same framework makes the piece look more like a student showcase than a complete play.
Even the most moving performances are often largely removed from our day-to-day lives. But every so often you come across a piece of theatre that, whilst it may not be the objective best thing you’ve seen, encapsulates your life so well that you can’t not fall in love with it.
I have had three reminders this week of the need for everyone on their journey in this business to remember the oft quoted phrase “be careful on the way up…” Just in case anyone needs to be reminded, I decided that a quick extra blog was needed for me to vent my concern. The theatre […]