Kara Sevda

In the post apocalyptic world of nuclear winter, two strangers with the world on their shoulders, meet on a bench. As they get to know each other the state of the world is revealed to the audience.

Lisa VillaMil manages to capture in her writing the pure essence of raw human emotion – it’s just a shame it wasn’t that interesting to watch.

The world as we know it has come to an end and everyone is out for themselves and only themselves now. It’s been a good run but it’s time to flee to a warmer place now. Nuclear winter and famine are just the beginning – it’s the end of human kind that’s looming over the horizon. Yet here they are, on a bench, waiting. Both have been burned by love. Both are seeking something they do not know what is. And with the world as it is one might as well go on a suicide mission for love.

This is clearly a very well thought out piece with interesting characters and a well established world to play it out in. William Foote has a hilarious performance as the repressed, very cocky Rhys, and Tierney Nolen delivers a stunning monologue as the emotionally repressed Celia.

Lisa VillaMil manages to capture in her writing the pure essence of raw human emotion – it’s just a shame it wasn’t that interesting to watch. Don’t get me wrong, the story was good and the acting was decent, but the way it was staged left me wanting. The actors seldom moved from the only set piece, that bench, unless they were moving into a spot to have a monologue moment. A talking heads kind of a set up.

In its current state it would serve better as a radioplay or simply a novel. Nothing about this production in its current state suggests that it is meant to be enjoyed visually. However, with some work on staging and artistic vision it could improve.

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Nuclear winter has descended upon the globe. The last train south out of Paris is boarding. But not everyone will be drawn in the lottery. When Celia and Rhys find themselves awaiting the lottery results on the same bench, they strike up a challenging acquaintance amidst falling bombs and a nameless war, asking the question: what kind of world do we live in now? And what happens if they don't catch the train at all?

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