Brought to the fringe by multi-talented Jethro Compton,
Stands in its own league as a strong piece of original writing.
The play is extremely stylised and incorporates filmic elements that draws realistic parallels with that of any western movie. The opening standoff draws immediate attention to this and I found myself anticipating the first gun shot, fingers in ears and my stomach churning. The continuous use of soundtrack that incorporates harmonica and fiddle like sounds, particularly aids Compton’s choice of genre, as well as serving as a perfect device for transition. Everything unfolds in this one room, and the storyline is strong enough to carry its audience straight to the end; there is nothing predictable and it stands in its own league as a strong piece of original writing.
I can't fault the two lead actors either. Jonathan Matthews and Sam Donnelly completely carry the performance and show extreme talent. Matthews is incredibly watchable, so much so that even in moments of silence I found myself compelled to watch him and follow his reactions. Matthews calibre is matched by Donnelly, whose characterisation is flawless - his development throughout is progressively made and skilfully subtle. Chris Huntly-Turner provides strong support as the blind priest, effortlessly encouraging sympathy from his audience. Bebe Sanders, as the manipulative upper class stereotype, though the play is weaker in places when she drops her accent or fails to react.
I would recommend getting down to C Nova to see one of the trilogies, simply catch a glimpse of Matthews and Donnelly. There aren't a lot of seats, so I'd suggest booking in advance and would strongly do so, because this is certainly worth it.