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Katie Elin-Salt is the bossy one !

Out of Love

Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre. , Clwyd Theatr Cymru , August-05-17
Out of Love  by Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre. The third and final play of the Roundabout season is a story about two girls growing up as best friends. In the way of best friends they bond closely but they also hate each other, are jealous of each other's achievements, unite against outsiders and finally come together in maturity and understanding.

The same company of three perform with great energy and skill. Hasan Dixon plays all the men and boys that they encounter through the years, eight in all. I especially enjoyed his small boy being introduced to the idea of kissing in the playground scene that opens the play

Katie Elin-Salt is the bossy one of the women, the one who is quick to take offence at perceived slights. Sally Messham is the one who is often perceived to have it all but who doesn't really.

Both actresses create a realistic dynamic in their relationship and convincingly shift and change as the years pass. Elinor Cook's play is often laugh out loud funny and also moving and James Grieve's direction keeps the time shifts very clear.

This has been an enjoyable mini-season which now moves on to Edinburgh for the Festival, complete of course with the theatre.

Reviewed by: Victor Hallett

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