A two-hander about a failing relationship, Playing Fate begins at the end and works backwards to reveal how the couple first met. Pedro Pinhal is endearing as boyfriend H, earning money as a magician and using new tricks to keep his love with Gem alive. Unfortunately Katherine Gibbons plays a whinier, more irritating character, who doesn’t seem to have agency in her own life; staying with H whilst repeatedly telling him she “needs a change”. The pair are visibly lacking in any chemistry, and fate (apart from the heavy-handed use of playing cards) is never outwardly discussed, with scenes too short and unclear to even consider where the term comes into it. Short and sweet, but without any real substance.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 3-18 Aug (not 5, 12), 5.10pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Stephanie Taylor]