The End of the Line

At the end of the line; a story of waiting for life to begin and the delays we experience to get there.

This play is a little slice of real life for the average twenty something

Meet Tom and Marley. Two twenty somethings at the end of the line and at an impasse in their lives. Whilst Tom has a career that seems certain, his life feels a little emptier than when he started. Marley was on the precipice of her big adventure when life started to go south. Both feel lost but find each other in this charming story that takes us a little further than Richmond Station. Although this play is set in the underground, clever use of cutaways give each character room to wander through their past, adding richness and depth to the scenes between the pair.

Both Josephine Francis and William Chambers show great acting promise in these performances. Chambers worked well with pregnant pauses to give his happy-go-lucky character more depth and Francis brought forth fantastic energy when portraying panic and rising anxiety.

With a fairly well rounded character in Marley, the writing came up a little short with Tom. His loneliness was understandable and well acted but his arc for any improvement or growth felt a little unexplored. The touching story of Marley’s mental health perhaps made this pale in comparison but more could have been made of the burden of the 9-5 life for a fresh face in the city.

It might look like a rom-com from the outset but this show is more than a meet-cute. This chance meeting sees two people at a crossroads, unwittingly helping each other to move on a little further down their prospective paths. This play is a little slice of real life for the average twenty something and was a treat to watch.

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Tom and Marley meet at London Victoria tube station whilst waiting for the last train home. With announcements signalling long delays, they explore the series of events that led them to that point and what awaits them after. Who are they? What led them there? Sometimes it’s easier to tell your problems to a stranger rather than a friend; they see us how we are, not how we wish to be seen.

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