Dream Plays (Scenes From a Play I'll Never Write) Review
"Expect the unexpected" is how the Traverse describes Dream Plays (Scenes from a Play I'll Never Write), their plays at breakfast time, and certainly it is a great way of sampling the talent of a variety of diverse writers, as a new writer is featured every morning.
Today it was Johnny McKnight with his play Room 7. He found the commission challenging, "thinking about the Play I'd Never Write, because surely if I was writing it then it would be a play I would write." However, he has written a comedy, with a sci-fi slant.
The story revolves around a job interview with Jessie, played by Hannah Boyle, whose reactions are being recorded on camera and the plot adopts sinister undertones as her domineering interviewer Vera persists in asking awkward, personal questions.
In the Dream Plays, all the actors, of which there were four this morning, read from a script and Ros Sydney was excellent as the intimidating interviewer, intent on causing Jessie anxiety. And the unnerving aspect of the two receptionists - played by Jeanette Foggo and Joanna Tope - who had surreptitiously accessed Jessie's personal details added to the sinister undertones.
All in all, Johnny McKnight's play was thoroughly engaging with a host of unexpected twists and turns.
Show Times: till 26 August at 9am
Ticket Prices:£12 - including breakfast roll and coffee/tea.