Although the cast give committed performances to the piece, it unfortunately doesn't quite transcend into full or enjoyable theatre.
Although the cast give committed performances to the piece, it unfortunately doesn't quite transcend into full or enjoyable theatre. Fundamentally, the relationship between Freya and James that is meant to be strong and pure enough to defend her questionably moral feelings towards him is not apparent so we don't have an understanding of her passion for him or empathy for the actions it causes. Likewise, once it has been established that Freya is tortured by the shame of her feelings and the desire to soothe James' grief, there is little development and Freya remains in a similar emotional state for the entirety of the show.
Even accepting that this was non-naturalistic theatre, there are some technical things that we just didn't believe were happening. When the actors perform specific actions, such as writing a letter or eating a sandwich, it is so obvious that they are not really doing those things that we are taken out of the fantasy world they have created. Also, projection and clarity were not quite strong enough for every word to be caught, leading to some sense being missed. Saying that, Clare Joseph of the ensemble confidently portrayed each of her roles with great believability and solid, varied characterisation.