Thursday, 21 April 2016
Presented by The Original Theatre Company and The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
By Torben Betts
With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England.
One night they open their doors and invite next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan into their home. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art; class and culture collide where the consequences are as tragic as they are hilarious.
Another performance my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed. The script was fast and the actors' timing was brilliant, cutting each other off before they could finish each sentence so an argument was more about what wasn't said rather than what was. Then came the clash of cultures, totally exaggerated of course, so very comical conversations and silences too. But underneath it all little secrets and twists evoking empathy and sympathy for the four characters.