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LOOKING FOR MR SNOW

Lose Yourself

Sherman Theatre Company , Sherman Theatre , May-19-19
Lose Yourself by Sherman Theatre Company I saw Katherine Chandler’s first play ‘Parallel Lines’ and I was not particularly captivated by it. Since then she has become an award-winning writer. If people talking about sex, having sex then regretting it makes a play then that is what we have here. I found very little reward in watching it.

There is a touch of lyricism in the introductory speeches of Yaz, a wiry, curvaceous young lady and Josh, who represents innocence. But Yaz starts ‘Rapping’ and reality kicks off.

We meet Nate, a successful, randy football player, nearing the end of his career, which seems to have contained football and sex in equal measure.

Innocence is all I wrapped up in Josh, a young footballer who has just sustained a small leg injury and is convinced his career is over. Tim Preston brings a very finely observed commitment to the role. But even this innocence is ripped away from him as the play draws to its close.

His mentor Nate delights in giving us overwhelmingly clear pictures of his sexual prowess. However Aaron Anthony doesn’t bring quite the right degree of charisma to his character. He does give us a whacking of bravura.

As Yaz, Gabrielle Creevy is a delight to watch. Though she captures her character well she hasn’t quite the degree of sensuality that her lines demand.

Through a series of excellently delivered monologues we get clear pictures of these recognisable Cardiffians. Josh tells us about Meg. She sounds a very nice girl but she’s not around for long and Josh sinks into overwhelming domesticity.

Carla Goodman’s multi-level set design is well used. For more intimate moments each character comes down onto the floor of the stage and shares an intimate experience with us.

Things come alive at a nightclub and Andy Pike’s lighting whirls with amazing colours and through the monologues a heavy sensuality is strongly felt. Creevy gives us some great laughs as she downs multiple Tequilas. The inevitable coming together of Yaz and Nate happens. Even Josh has found a mate, helped by Nate. So it’s sex for all as the play moves towards it close.

Director Patricia Logue has a firm understanding of the play, pacing it well, highlighting each character’s trauma and bringing the play to its moving closure.

There is a sad beauty in Creevy’s closing speech. Naked and alone she is in pain from her sexual encounter. ‘Rescued’ she sits in a car with her friend Tony. She just wants to go home, she sings,
Lionel Richie’s ‘Sail On’ as she walks into the station, she is going home.


Reviewed by: Michael Kelligan

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