No Shoes Theatre Company, whose massive success “The Improvised Musical” continues to pull the crowds at the Fringe, are debuting this powerful, articulate and ultimately moving musical at the site specific spaces of C Nova. This is a neat two hander show staged inside a doctors surgery. The audience take a seat in the waiting room and are introduced to a talented and gifted therapist just as a former patient enters his room and, indeed, re-enters his life. What follows is an emotional hour, as secrets are revealed and the spirit of the human condition is tested to its very limits.
Both Adam Rhys Davis and Chris Cowley excel in their respective roles as they both search for closure from an event which has torn them apart. They look to the stars and find hope is the only way to piece their lives back together. This is a production which keeps you thinking from the moment you take a seat in the waiting room to the ultimate act of human kindness which allows the future to seem just a little brighter.
Absorbing writing from Alexander Wright combines with taut direction from Bracken Burns and a truly mind blowing score from Gavin Whitworth, who also performs on the piano. This is a true Fringe production with much potential for the future. One that speaks to the heart in all of us as we question how much pain we can bear before letting go of the past.
It's impossible to overstate just how good a piece of musical theatre this production is; fresh and emotional, it leaves the viewer totally satisfied with the conclusion that it really doesn't it get any better than this. Book an appointment with the therapist to find out what real emotion is all about. [Brett Herriot]