‘A tender & beautiful play’: TINY DYNAMITE – Old Red Lion Theatre

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Old Red Lion Theatre, London – until 3 February 2018
An anonymous guest reviewer

This is a tender and beautiful play that, within moments, makes you question why it hasn’t been staged in over 15 years.

Perhaps its Zoe Spurr’s brilliant lighting that draws you into this fantasy nightmarish world, or the undeniably brilliant acting. But David Loumgair’s production is slick and sophisticated, with each scene so excellently filled with tension you find yourself immersed in this emotional roller coaster.

The story mainly centres around two childhood friends – “shy girl” Luce and “rat boy” Antony, who share a secret they use to threaten and attack each other at every opportunity. The audience quickly learn the pair are bound by the memory of a freak accident – Antony was struck by lightning at the age of six. But it’s the introduction and presence of Madeleine that proves to be the most challenging event in their relationship so far, altering their perceptions of one and other and themselves.

Abi Morgan’s script delivers some wistfully excellent lines, with moments of light comedic relief woven throughout. Though, the text is one that is so beautifully nuanced you question if it is perhaps better suited to screen. On the other hand, its this simplicity that is embodied by each of the actors (Niall Bishop, Tanya Fear, Eva-Jane Willis) that makes it such a compelling production, providing the ability to tell the story whilst saying nothing.

It’s these moments of excellence that are very rare to find in British theatre today and Tiny Dynamite certainly delivers.

Tiny Dynamite runs through 3 February.

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.

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