The first thing you are met with when walking into Eagle House School’s Production of
A really great production
The plot shows Tom (Hugo Williamson) struggling to cope with the recent death of his brother Luke (Jamie Lunnon). Williamson is very strong in the lead role. Opening the show with a very long monologue, he does well to keep up with the pace and intensity of it, and has the audience in the palm of his hand by the end of the first scene. Some other stand-out performances include Alex Nash as Tight and Lunnon as Luke. Despite coming across as slightly uncertain at first, Nash seems to ease into his character and becomes one of the most comfortable cast members on the stage. His more intense and emotional moments at the end are really moving. Lunnon is controlled and sophisticated as Luke and gives a very convincing performance.
However, the real star of the piece is the ensemble. The cast work incredibly well together and perform various scenes in various styles very strongly. The direction overall is clever and works, with some moments of real magic (for example, the ‘marble’ scene is very nicely done). The use of music works well at some points but not so well at others, with the cast occasionally being drowned out but loud snippets of songs.
But despite minor faults, this is a really great production. The young cast do exceedingly well to deliver a play that deals with issues like grief, suicide and sexuality in such a mature and honest way and work together to create a truly moving piece of theatre.