Love Steals Us From Loneliness by Gary Owen (2014)
A night out. Friends, alcohol, a club, a strop the usual. But tonight is different. Tonight will change things forever. Normal s gone now. Wave it goodbye. Come on, wave with me. Let's all wave goodbye to normal.
Director: Ade Slack
Cast: Leanne Cork, Murray Davies, Nick Fretwell, Cora O'Connell, Poppy Stevens
Performances: 9, 16, 17 May 2014 @ The Garage Norwich, Sheringham Little Theatre, The Granary Wells
Aggressive, coarse, vulgar language, tasteless drunken behaviour, meaningless fights – there’s enough here to strike alarm into many theatregoers. But, ‘Love Steals Us From Loneliness’. A play by Gary Owen, performed at Wells Granary Theatre on Saturday night, was a quite thoughtful take on some teenagers’ night out in Yarmouth. Performed by a mixture of drama graduates and students from Norwich City College, their energy and tender sensitivity made this an interesting and original evening.
In the first act, in which the ‘action’ from a crummy night club has spilled over into the neighbouring graveyard, young and attractive Catrin and Scott alternately moan about each other and their companions. Behind the foul language and gross behaviour we gradually recognise two confused but gentle young people.
The second act, years later, reflects upon the consequences of that evening, widening the cast to include parents, siblings, friends. The acting is fine; the two principals in the first part, Nick Fretwell and Cora O’Connell are worthy of mention – as indeed are the rest of the cast. There were very few long moments in this play, excepting, maybe, some excruciating Karaoke. A surprisingly good evening by decent young players.
The Granary: Carla Phillips