Pool (No Water) - Oddly Ordinary Theatre 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 17, Aug 2021
Oddly Ordinary Theatre are an Edinburgh and Glasgow company of acting graduates focused on looking behind the closed doors of ‘normal’ lives. In their energetic and imaginative re-telling of Mark Ravenhill’s visceral story, they explore the ideals of art and friendship and how jealousy can destroy both. The play begins with three friends bemoaning the loss of a fourth friend, who has become famous and successful, moved abroad and even has her own swimming pool. They fly over to visit her and begin to re-connect as friends, overcoming their resentment, but their celebrations come to an abrupt end when the host suffers an horrific accident, leaving her fighting for her life. While the victim lies in a coma, the friends exhibit a whole range of emotions from shock to remorse, excitement and revenge, before an almost unthinkable opportunity to make artistic capital from the situation arises, but is very quickly thrown away again in a drug induced frenzy. The three actors, Amy Dallas, Aodhán Mallon and Isaac Wilson, all give strong performances, and the play is very well produced and directed. The minimal staging provides a real sense of energy and creates a visual flow. This is an engaging and emotive 80 minutes of fringe theatre, and I would highly recommend diving in.
Reviewed by Howard
theSpace Triplex – Jenner Theatre