REVIEW: It Works for Us @ Write now festival, Actors Studio 15/04/11

wn-it-works-for-usWith eight new plays for 2011, the Write Now festival offers a platform for the city’s new writing talent to gain much needed exposure. Stephanie Harrison went along to check out one of the eight plays on offer

It Works For Us written by Dick Curran and directed by Brad Rowbotham was a breath of fresh air. Edgy, quirky and fun, It Works For Us really lit up the stage with it’s comic look at two opposing couples.

Dawn and Mike are the traditional secure married couple with kids and Ross and Sacha are the nutty, unconventional and spontaneous young lovers. Their worlds collide and the rules change depending on who’s talking to who.

Particular highlights came from Ross’ lack of social awareness when invited to Dawn and Mike’s house: drinking too much wine, unnecessary toilet trips, a fake limp and using his ‘artwork’ in lieu of renting a room. Angie Waller (Dawn) and Nick Wymer (Mike) were fabulous as the comfy couple thrown into confusion by the two bohemians as confusion reigned and they both struggled to gain control of their own household.

Charles Hurcombe as Ross bordered on the delightfully psychotic, unnerving both the audience and the other characters with his unpredictability in both movement and behaviour. Amy Stokes as the infamous ‘Sacha’ who was much discussed before her entrance lived up to her reputation as the amoral dominatrix manipulating Mike like her little plaything.

Brilliant direction from Brad Rowbotham really discovering the comic timing, pace and energy to keep the audience rolling with laughter using Dick Curran’s witty one liners. A true diamond in the rough!

Write Now 2011 takes place at The Actors Studio, Seel St until Sat 23rd Apr. For more information visit: www.writenowfestival.co.uk

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