Blue Moon

Mon 9th – Wed 11th December 2013

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Saoirse McStay

at 12:13 on 10th Dec 2013

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Georgie Staight’s debut piece ‘Blue Moon’ is an absolute triumph. The appropriately intimate yet slightly claustrophobic venue, The Bristol Fringe, was packed-out for the opening night of Staight’s humorous yet wholly mature and sensitive depiction of the story of an autistic man, Finn (Hector Dyer), and his attempt to find love with the supposed aid of his brother, Harry (Oli Grant).

The four-man play begins with Finn as he nervously anticipates the arrival of a ‘potential girlfriend’ his brother has found him, and I must commend Dyer on his excellent portrayal of a character suffering with such a condition; he was neither over-zealous nor insulting and managed to convincingly depict the frustration and pedantic nature of his character with apparent ease. Finn’s character was then perfectly complemented by that of his brother, Harry, whom Grant played equally brilliantly, capturing the essence of brotherly affection whilst also demonstrating the difficulty of remaining patient with his often very stubborn brother.

The play takes an amusing yet, as we later find, problematic turn with the introduction of Eliot Salt’s character, Tiffany, who brings a breath of comic fresh air to the piece, and whose nervous quips and remarks keep the play engaging and fast-paced. Just as the characters of Finn and Harry are beautifully in harmony with yet completely different to each other, so the sly drawls of Ava (Robyn Wilson) contrasted perfectly with Tiffany’s lively babble, the two clashing in a hilarious scene in which Ava refuses to let Tiffany stay for breakfast, taking cheap shots at her profession as a masseuse and effectively causing the audience to utterly detest her.

The scripting of the piece is fantastic, and despite some very minor hiccups with lines and props, which I would simply attribute to opening night nerves, the plot unfolds effortlessly, delving into the complex nature of love and trust between both siblings and love-interests. It also remains suitably thought-provoking and serious whilst also managing to cut the tension with a bit of humour at exactly the right moment each time. The twists in the narrative are imaginative and the style of the piece very naturalistic with each character allowed plenty of stage-time to develop, giving each actor the chance to demonstrate their acting ability. Overall it was an incredibly impressive debut piece that I would urge everyone to go and watch.

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