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Orange by Alan Harris

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff, Tues 22 Nov 2011, 8pm, £4 on the door

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, Wed 23 Nov 2011, 7.30pm, £4

The Riverfront, Newport, Thurs 24 Nov 2011, 7.45pm, £4

Cast

Saleem – Sule Rimi

Chippie – Dean Rehman

Viv – Alan Humphreys

Director

Michael Kelligan

Review

THE context of Alan Harris’ gruelling play Orange is the War on Terror but the psychological issues it tackles can be transposed to any context, from sectarian Northern Ireland to Civil Rights horrors in the Deep South. While the tension and plot is based on taking an innocent hostage and threatening to kill him if a hostage taken by “the other side” is not released, this is just the vehicle for a story of the disposed, the aimless, the insecure, the innocents. While innocent may be a strange word to use for a hostage-taker, the character of Viv is a feckless, child in a grown up body, emotionally and at times physically dominated by his even more damaged elder brother Chippie.

The brothers take out their own despair and their own misguided belief in their position as champions of what is right in a corrupt system by kidnapping a black Muslim man and threatening to the authorities they will execute him if a female charity worker is not released by Islamic militants. Along the way out come pretty much every other bit of bigotry you can squeeze in – racism, sexism etc without a hint of self irony, rather, when talking about the barbaric terrorists the characters convince themselves “we are not like them”. The younger brother is left alone in the flat with their hostage and quickly they become mates as they kill time rather than one another. Of course the hostage is an ordinary bloke with his Tesco receipt in his wallet along with a photo of his son and shares interests with Viv in cars, cricket, card games. Chippie is the harder character who has “been inside” and is the violent thug with a delusional sense of mission.

Michael Kelligan directs this drama – part of his On The Edge season – with intensity that matches Harris’ shocking language and subject matter. With just three players, minimal costumes and props this is raw, immediate and deeply unpleasant in a highly satisfactory way.

Mike Smith (Western Mail)

 

A Pair of Cardiff Shorts by Alan Osborne

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff Tues 9 June 2009 8pm – £3 on the door
The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Wed 10 June 2009 , 7:30pm – £3
The Riverfront, Newport Thur 11 June 2009, 7:45pm – £4

Cast

Jacky Chambers – Boyd Clack 

Carys – Clêr Stephens

Attlee – Nathan Sussex

Hiplet – Mali Tudno James

Bozza Lewis – Dean Rehman


Director

Russell Gomer

 

Review

The latest in the On The Edge season at Chapter featured a double bill of new plays – “A Pair of Cardiff Shorts” – by local legend Alan Osborne, one of the progenitors of the profane, poetic, surrealistic South Wales style. The first, “The Best Defensive Boxer In The Bay! Nay, The World” is about a pugilist whose aim is to become the world champion loser; the second, a less broadly humorous, more abstract piece, “Until, Box and Sometimes Sally”, has as its hero a blind man whose friends tell him stories to stir (or maybe constrain) his visual imagination. Despite the fact that these were script-in-hand readings, director Russell Gomer kept things moving admirably, and the cast (Nathan Sussex as the related central protagonists of both pieces, as well as Boyd Clack, Dean Rehman, Cler Stephens and Mali Tudno Jones) ably conveyed the pathos and humour in both pieces. More stimulation in a little under an hour than an entire season of Big Brother could provide.

Othniel Smith (blakeson.blogspot.co.uk)

 


 

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as Told to Carl Jung by an Inmate of the Broadmoor Asylum by Mark Ryan

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff Tues 12 May 2009 8pm – £3 on the door
The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Wed 13 May 2009 , 7:30pm – £3
The Riverfront, Newport Thur 14 May 2009, 7:45pm – £4

Cast

Carl Jung  – Chris Morgan

Dr Jekyll  – Dean Rehman

Mr Hyde – Dean Rehman

Director

Simon West