As a showcase for students of Winnipeg’s Academy of Acting, Brit playwright Jim Cartwright’s play Road, a shabby panorama of Thatcher-era despair in working-class Lancashire, is a case of a production biting off more than the cast can chew.
The accents are as varied as the pissed/pissed-off characters, which include a crafty street scavenger (Shawn Farrell), a desperate woman (Kristen Wisener) out to seduce a completely oblivious drunken soldier, and a seriously bitter young woman (Sarah Sellar) who can’t lose her edge, even on an ostensibly fun night out.
A few performances are good, and the play itself is certainly an intriguing slice of early ’80s life in England. But the players and the material never really gel, and given the already depressing subject matter, that’s a fatal flaw.
— Randall King
From the official Fringe program:
Join drunken Teddy-boy Scullery on one wild night of laughter, sex, booze and violence in a small dejected Northern English town.
From street corner to living room, from bedroom to kitchen, the inhabitants' socially and emotionally wretched lives are exposed. But despite their outrageous tales of sadness, brutality and regret, there remains a tender hope that "somehow a somehow a somehow" they might escape.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Herbal Cigarettes,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience
Venue#6 Tom Hendry Theatre at the MTC Warehouse 140 Rupert Ave (Lily St entrance)