Our Writer (York DramaSoc)
By Andy Leask | Published on Sunday 14 August 2016
What do characters do while their creator wrestles with writers’ block? That’s the question posed in this charmingly funny exploration of self-aware fourth wall breaking and dramatic conventions. There are shades of ‘Waiting for Godot’ as our two protagonists Morphine and Porcelain – do the names mean anything, they ask each other – ponder their existence. Are they real? Do they have free will? There’s a lot of comedy in the piece; the actors mine a surprising number of laughs out of the word “door” and I’d have liked more focus on the humour, less on the existential angst. The self-reflexive nature of the script means the philosophical ponderings lack weight, especially contrasted with the clever wit and humour.
C Nova, until 20 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]