4.3 Miles from Nowhere

4 Stars

****

This a play which has an organic feel to it. It begins very simply but it takes on a complexity as it develops.

The opening scene depicts five young people whose car runs out of petrol as they are travelling to a fancy dress party in a remote village. They are stranded in a forest. Within the group are 2 sets of boyfriends/girlfriends; Sam (Robert Neumark-Jones) and Molly (Holly Beasley-Garrigan) are on the verge of getting into a deeper relationship; Flynn (Christopher Birks) and Penny (Lauren Falconer) appear to be heading for a break up. Lucas (George Williams), the fifth member is an enigmatic character as he strolls around singing and strumming his guitar.

The business of trying to put up their tent and lighting a fire gives great scope for comedy; they are pretty incompetent in dealing with this unexpected situation. Also, Sam wants to take advantage of the situation with Molly. After all, it is night time and they are in a secluded wood.

In the dead of night, the story takes on a surreal atmosphere as the relationship between Flynn and Penny is explored. A folk band walks on set and a cleverly choreographed dance sequence between the two is played out.

When morning breaks, reality kicks back in again, but Lucas has disappeared.

The whole piece devised by the company from an idea by the Director Tom Spencer demands versatility from the performers which they successfully accomplish, and the live music does give the play an extra dimension.

Reviewed by Ben

Zoo – 140 The Pleasance: 124

5 to 29 August 2011 (not 15)

15.00 – 16.00

Fringe Programme Page Number: 263

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