STAGE REVIEW: Three Shorts @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle (03.09.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Three Shorts is at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle until Saturday 7th September

A lively Tuesday crowd packed Alphabetti out for the first night of new writing showcase Three Shorts. Sam Neale’s intense two hander Familiar featured Christina Berriman Dawson as a woman whose ex kept appearing as an unwanted intrusive memory. Intriguing time jumps mapped the jarring feelings of love and revulsion experienced by Dawson’s character as she battled to control her memory of the relationship and the breach of consent which destroyed it.

Elijah Young’s cute and perky NASA Lie The Earth Is Flat No Curve had Paula Penman and Eleanor Chaganis pinging brilliantly funny dialogue at each other as they tried to make sense of their lives while waiting for a taxi to get them to the nearest McDonald’s drive thru.

While the final piece, Object Permanence, found Kylie Ann Ford as a self-described pea-piling robot, obediently stacking cans at work as she worried about her father’s declining health and her own fading visibility in a world which celebrates glamour and success. Gorgeous poetic dialogue is a hallmark of Alli Davies’s work and a clever build to the climax made this final piece a joy to behold.

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