STAGE REVIEW: POD @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle (01.09.21) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Pod centres around two sisters who are anything but two peas. In fact, they’re more like flowers. The prim and proper Rose who appears to have everything together and the younger, free-spirited, Daisy. Despite their differences, both sisters are harbouring big secrets. So, it’s only fitting that so is their mother, Iris. Rose’s husband, Dan, meanwhile, is content to train for his marathon and fuel the fires for the dysfunctional family, as their getaway trip to remember the sisters’ recently deceased father threatens to go up in flames.

Written by Arabella Arnott, Pod is the fifth production by Coracle – an award-winning theatre company based in Newcastle and London – and explores themes of grief, identity and family affairs, that is both humorous and touching. Some of the plot points may seem extreme, but at the heart of them is a common bond, the type that threads families together, in spite of their differences. Within the course of ninety emotion-shredding minutes, the audience is transported into the wilderness, invited to sit around the campfire, to hear the birds sing and to feast upon Greek food just feet away from a real life-size camping pod. The theatre itself feels made for such understated productions like this and it’s hard to imagine that they will come much better than Pod.

Pod is at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle until Saturday 18th September

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