|Reece Pantry (Sonny) and Stanley J Browne (Cyrus). Photo by Patrick Baldwin|
The play follows London Underground train driver, Cyrus, who has to leave his job following the suicide of Sonny who jumps in front of his train. The play shifts the guilt onto Cyrus and his search for answers to what led Sonny to do this.
Told through flashbacks, the play is gripping and whilst the narrative does rely heavily on coincidence it's a deep and thought-provoking piece. Director Amit Sharma has done a splendid job to make the play concise and fast-moving. It's a great reason for more conversation too about men's mental health.
|Shenagh Govan (Nella) & Evlyne Oyedokun (Zoe).|
Photo by Patrick Baldwin
Shenagh Govan is touching as Nella, Sonny's foster mother. Her relationship with Cryus was particularly intriguing to watch bubble. Clare Louise English is likeable as Christine, a laundrette worker who Sonny spends his final night with, wishing to grant her three wishes. Evlyne Oyedokun's Zoe is strong and moving, especially towards to plays final scenes, she's a fantastic young actress.
The five actors play the plays fast natured narrative superbly, aided by Amelia Jane Hankin's simple but effective design.
As someone who has suffered from mental health issues and been to quite dark places personally, I found the whole thing gripping and deeply thought-provoking. A play I'm really glad I've seen and I wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone. Tense, gripping and hugely enjoyable.
Rating: ★★★★ - fast-paced thrilling, thought-provoking and superbly performed.
One Under plays at Curve on Wednesday 30th October for tickets visit https://www.curveonline.co.uk/. The tour continues till December including a run at London's Arcola Theatre, visit https://graeae.org/our-work/one-under/ for further details.
|Reece Pantry (Sonny) & Clare-Louise English (Christine) Photo by Patrick Baldwin.|