Exploring the transition from childhood to adulthood through the imagination of the central character Laura, the lines of temporal reality are blurred in this seductively sinister new play by Recursion Theatre Company. The simple staging is extremely effective, from the grey hues of the costumes to the rather ominous-looking mobile that hangs in the centre. The small cast perform this haunting tale with a beautiful quietness and I really was drawn into this unnervingly claustrophobic world of imagination. My only concern was that had I not previously known what the content of the play was, I would have struggled to deduce meaning from it. Yet its beauty was not in its words but in the performing: a simple yet spellbinding production.
Paradise in the Vault, 14-27 Aug (not 20), 6.10pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Simon Thornton]