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Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock

Dirty Protest , Chapter , April-05-18
Lightspeed from Pembroke Dock by Dirty Protest It was great to see and enjoy what a fine actor Keiron Self is. He is well matched by Dick Bradnum. They both show us great sensitivity when, at the end of the play, though their separate children have driven them mad as this fascinating story enfolds, they show they really do love them very much. But they don’t just do sensitivity. Every cast member of this production portrays at least four different characters and they all rise to the challenge brilliantly. Self and Bradnum do another great ‘double act’ as two heavies, security guards where the Falcon is being built in absolute secret.

We also have excellent performances from the ‘kids’ Lizzie, Sian Davies and Sam, Jack Hammett. They give us the chaos that chases through the story from the very start. They are having a go at trying to make their own Star Wars film. There’s a competition at Sam’s school but he so annoys his dad, Bradnum who rips up his entry form.

But there’s even greater defiance from Lizzie, she’s wreaked havoc in her school including throwing paint all over the brand new car of one of the teachers. The Headmaster insists she leave the school. Her father tries to plead her case to stay. More banter between Self and Bradnum.

Then we jump ahead. Sam is desperate to see the Falcon being built in a large warehouse in Pembroke Dock. It’s a big secret but Sam knows all about it as his dad is in charge of security there and keeps a big bunch of keys by the side of his bed!

Lizzie has a plan of her own. Her father, Bradnum, used to be a brilliant artist and designer and worked on the first Star War films. Writer Mark Williams stretches our sense of disbelief to its limits and Lizzie dashes up the M4 in a stolen car. She takes some of her father’s great drawings with her. She wants to see him back in his old job in the film studios.

Chaos and a sort of comedy continue to reign. The film studio offers Lizzie’s dad a job but he does not take it. I wasn’t really convinced of the reasons he gave. Sam steals his dad’s keys; I’m going to give everything away now. He breaks into the warehouse, his dad catches him – big row –forgives him. Then after some curious set building dad takes Sam in and he is able to fulfill his dream.

There’s always a lot going on but somehow, I think due to the shallowness of the writing that often fails to support the activity it is describing we are left as outside observers and feel a bit short-changed at the end.

But if its fun and laughter you want go and see the show.

The play tours theatre throughout Wales up until May 5 when PEMBROKE DOCK CELEBRATES

Photo By Jorge Lizalde

Reviewed by: Michael Kelligan

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