Suffice to say, Mark Arends and Frances Arends deliver sterling performances in Old Fools, rooting the lives of Tom and Viv in very relatable emotions and circumstances.
Tristan Bernays’ final scene is simple and heartbreaking – the whole room burst into tears at the exact same moment. Suddenly all of the bits that don’t work tremendously well don’t seem to matter quite as much.
Old Fools is brilliant, devastating theatre, marking Tristan Bernays out as an outstanding talent amongst his generation. It deserves a life beyond this stunning premiere – until then, it is an unmissable production at the Southwark Playhouse.
Lucid and engaging, the Lyceum’s Scottish-set production of The Winter’s Tale has much to recommend it, even if it does not quite convince.