by William Ivory.
Belgrade Theatre (B2 auditorium) Belgrade Square CV1 1GS To 1 October 2011.
Tue-Sat 8pm Mat Sat & 28 Sept 2.45pm
Captioned 23 Sept.
Post-show Discussion 22 Sept.
Runs 2hr 30min One interval.
TICKETS: 024 7655 3055.
Review: Jan Pick 14 September.
Casting new light on a secret past.
The end of an old man’s life approaches. He is trapped – in a room, in his memories, in his aging flesh. He feels fear, anger, frustration. And he has dreams.
Into his confined world walks David, the new carer, full of optimism and hoping to do well with his first charge in a new job. What follows is funny, shocking, and occasionally tragic in this gripping new play by William Ivory,which explores the life and memories of Jimmy, who had been a gunner on a Lancaster bomber shot down over Nuremburg.
His interaction with David as their relationship develops, and the shattering of the veneer of desperate faith covering David’s deep and bitter anger is totally absorbing as the two men come to understand each other and believe that there is a possible purpose to their lives.
Both actors, Paul Greenwood as Jimmy and Tim Dantay as David, give bravura performances and Laura McEwen’s design is excellent, especially the walls of the room,which reflect the fuselage of the plane.
The scene changes invite us into Jimmy’s dreams and nightmares through sound and lighting-effects, and the recreation of his memories of the bombing raid are frighteningly realistic, cleverly balanced by the moments of revelatory happiness.
It is a long evening, and perhaps the play could be trimmed by about half an hour without losing any of its power.Yet for the most part the evening flies by and stands as a testament to all the pilots, gunners and other crew who sacrificed so much in the defence of their country.
David: Tim Dantay.
Jimmy: Paul Greenwood.
Director: Matt Aston.
Designer: Laura McEwen.
Lighting: James Farncombe.
Sound: Damian Coldwell.
Choreographer: Alan Axon.