The winners of the Off West End Awards 2021, encompassing the Offies, OffFest, OnComm and OneOff Awards, have been announced in an online ceremony on 21 February 2021 via Scenesaver.
Tryst by Karoline Leach is the final piece to be performed in the inaugural festival from the Chiswick Playhouse productions at the Tabard Theatre, returning from a sell-out run in 2017.
Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Paul Aitchison’s hit show blending character comedy with phenomenal tricks, Could It Be Magic?, comes to London in 2020, playing a short season at the Chiswick Playhouse. Time to book your tickets!
Thanks to three great performances and a taut script, Tryst is a gripping piece. The three characters are well-rounded and convincing, and as lies unravel and confessions are made it is difficult to know who to side with.
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The script is beautifully crafted, moving at a pace that flits between thundering forward to reflect the fast passage of time and pulling back to uncover a multitude of truths.
George Joseph Smith was a petty thief and con man who preyed on the most vulnerable women he could find. He would win their love, persuade them to elope, then strand them on their honeymoon after cleaning out their bank account.
Tryst: A private, romantic rendezvous between two lovers, conducted with no one else’s knowledge. Perhaps they wouldn’t approve, perhaps they would recognise the affair for what it is – a predatory act from a man to con a woman out of her worldly possessions.
Through both characters’ alternating monologues, the audience is given an insight into the harsh reality of George’s calculating, pathological agenda, juxtaposed against Adelaide’s innocence and optimism, which made me want to shout ‘No!’ in warning at the stage.
Musical star Natasha J Barnes, who famously took over to rave reviews from Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl in the West End, now makes her fringe play debut in two-hander thriller Tryst. Sneak a peek at first-look production photos here! Tryst runs until 5 November 2017 only at the 90-seat Tabard Theatre in Chiswick. Get booking!
Fresh from her performance as Mabel in the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s performance of Mack and Mabel at the Hackney Empire, Natasha Barnes spoke to Love London Love Culture about her debut album and upcoming performance in Tryst.
Musical star Natasha J Barnes, who famously took over to rave reviews from Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl in the West End, will get her first starring role in the first London revival in 20 years of Karoline Leach’s 1997 thriller Tryst.