It’s less than a year to go until TV screens will be fixed on the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio. Whilst Isley Lynn’s
This inspirational story reminds us of the extraordinary efforts disabled athletes go through.
Lee Drage (Mark) and Maisie Greenwood (Becky) bring great chemistry to their roles. Greenwood’s dry sense of humour and blunt tone gives life to a character that could be portrayed as harsh. It is her comic timing that manages to create hope throughout the plot. Lee Drage has the challenge of exhausting himself, both physically and emotionally, which he succeeds in admirably.
A plot about the progress of these marathon runners has the potential to become monotonous and focus solely on the training aspect. However, even when Tether considers the broad idea of how far a person can go before giving up on anything in life, Lynn’s poetic script never becomes pretentious when raising these issues. Elliot Griggs’ monotone lighting grounds the script and intelligently never over-dramatises the physical sequences. I only wish Jon McLeod’s sound design enriched the story further and that he took bolder moves in his use of volume and pitch.
This inspirational story reminds us of the extraordinary efforts disabled athletes go through. I hope the amount of love and respect we had for the Paralympians when watching them back in 2012 is resurrected thanks to Tether. With some richer audio and further character development, it could go on to win gold in the future.