Tape theatre review

by Angela Kennedy on Friday, 2 November 2012

Tackling a sensitive taboo subject like date rape may not sound like an evenings entertainment at first glance, but Tape is a thought-provoking play well worth catching while it's still on in bijoux theatre space Trafalgar Studios 2.

An intense three-hander, it feels at times as though the audience should chip in with comment and advice.

Three bright young things , Jon (Darren Bransford), Vince ( Marc Elliott ) and Amy (Kate Loustau) perform at breakneck speed, with a vibrance that is engaging and dynamic.

They are old school friends reliving an old secret that is finally brought out into the open and secretly taped. It swings between being unsettling and comical - and is a provocative short play with the subject matter never totally resolved.     

Characters Vince and Jon wrestle (literally) with emotions and jealousy while cool calm Amy finally has the upper hand and last word.

There is something very rewarding about watching talented performers act in such an intimate space, that is special and should be nurtured.

Rating: *****

Trafalgar Studios Whitehall London until 10 November

www.tapetheplay.com

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