Broken Stars

Mon 28th November – Fri 30th December 2011


Daniel Wilson

at 08:56 on 29th Nov 2011



The first thing you see as you arrive at the theatre is the cast on the door in character, showing you where to go and effectively being the ushers. As unusual as this is, it becomes clear why this was done as you enter. The entire play is set in a warehouse where the Broken Stars are having a meeting; they are amongst you in the audience so it gives the impression that the audience is attending the meeting - this was very effective and helped to set the scene.

The set switched smoothly between the anarchists’ warehouse and the ‘hologram’ spaceship. Although the stage may have been slightly cluttered , it satisfied both scenes nicely.

Sophie Ablett and JY Hoh had the difficult task of developing a relationship throughout the scenes; this gave their characters a lot of depth and their performance was, on the whole, very convincing. Sophie did especially well with her sudden character shift.

The Broken Stars seemed to bicker a lot but I guess that was to help understand how they felt in the ‘Urban Dystopia’ in which the play is set. Rolf Merchant’s character Eddie grew throughout the play, seeming the most level-headed of the group. You felt sympathetic for him as he tried to explain what he’d learned from the videotapes. The roles of Misha and Cameron -played by Dave Watson and Tom Beardsworth respectively - were well-done but I would have liked to have seen more character development within the script to give each of them a satisfying back-story.

Zoe Bullock played the role of May, a feisty revolutionary type. She excelled in her scene where she was mocking the Simons as well as giving a good opening to the play. The rather calmer Lindsey (played by Maeve Scullion) was almost the opposite of May, she wasn’t so much interested in the ‘cause’ but just wanted to be treated fairly amongst society, which came across really well and introduced a new perspective.

Midway through the play the Simons entered and Sergeant Carson (Ben Cohen) gave a fantastically delivered monologue that question all previously established ideas of which side were the ‘baddies’. Perhaps this was intentional. Certainly it was food for thought about the nature of right and wrong.

As a final thought, I was impressed with this piece of new-writing which is always an ambitious task. Though the play was, at times, a little confusing, it had some moments of intelligent dialogue. It’s definitely worth seeing for anyone who is interested in seeing something a little bit different.


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