by Jack Thorne.
The White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ to 25 March 2017.
Tues – Sat 7pm. Mat Sun 4pm.
Runs 70 mins No interval.
Review: William Russell 9 March.
A Hot Summer Day in Luton
Bunny is that trickiest of theatrical forms, a monologue, and as Katie, the eighteen year old the teller of what happens when somebody attacks her boyfriend, Catherine Lamb rises to the challenge the form presents. She is constantly watchable, delivers Katie’s stories with verve, and when she starts to dance is astonishing.
She is out with her friends Abe and Jake and a boy she does not know called Asaf in his car. They get involved with a boy on a bike and there is a row. Something has to be done about it, which leads this very mixed trio driving into the wilds of one of those sink estates nobody wants to live in seeking the offender.
The result is on a hot summer’s day Katie finds herself involved in some strange, violent and potentially very dangerous goings on as her friends more or less abandon her and Asaf starts to make some peculiar sexual demands. She is a middle class girl – her parents, she repeatedly points out, read the Guardian – rebelling against her upbringing, enjoying her day out with people she knows her parents would not approve of, responding to what is asked of her more to oblige than anything else, even when it includes taking her knickers off and showing Asaf her tits. After all, she has done such things before, although Asaf’s request clearly hints at more than it seems to involve.
Thorne’s play staged on the fringe at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010 won the Fringe First Award and this impressive revival directed by Lucy Curtis is the first production of Fabricate Theatre, a new production company.
Katie: Catherine Lamb.
Director: Lucy Curtis.
Designer: Lucy Weller.
Movement Director: Angela Gasparetto.
Lighting Designer: Samuel Miller.
Composer & Sound Designer: Lex Kosanke.