With the feral teenage violence of Heathers all snarling and murdering in the West End, and the manic cheerleader energy of Bring It On just finished at Southwark, what more soothing than an hour in a gentler vision of teenage confusion and calf-love?
The full line-up for the 2018 HighTide Festivals in Aldeburgh and Walthamstow has been announced, alongside the news that artistic director Steven Atkinson will stand down in 2019 after 12 years of successful leadership.
In its depiction of two pawns caught up unwillingly in the machinations of the rich and powerful and its philosophical banter, Guards at the Taj reminds me a lot of Tom Stoppard‘s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
In this play, two girls on an East Coast shore are childhood friends. Now (in a rather overlong first half) they are school-leavers having all-night beach raves, necking absinthe and sniggering about sex in the manner of girls thee years younger: their territory a half-submerged WW2 pillbox on the shingle, on which they have scrawled memories of childhood and teens.
Designer Rūta Irbīte converts the stage into a section of the Suffolk coastline that writer Tallulah Brown grew up around and under Simon Gethin Thomas’ sun-bright lighting and Daniel Balfour burbling sound design, it looks absolutely gorgeous, transformative in the best possible way. And on this bit of beach, the tangled friendship of Ruby and Lucy plays out a key stress-test of a moment.
Sneak a peek at shots of Humans star Lucy Carless preparing to make her theatre debut, alongside the rest of the cast rehearsing for the world premiere of Tallulah Brown’s new play Sea Fret
Lucy Carless, best known as teenager Mattie in both series of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed drama series Humans, makes her theatre debut starring in Tallulah Brown’s new play Sea Fret