‘The actors were hugely engaging, quite sexy in an unthreatening way, and very pleasant people to share an evening with’ ★★★.5
There are lots of things this play wasn’t: profound, serious, significant. But there were lots of things it definitely was: charming, funny, engaging, likeable – a really good playful play.
The set-up is that a man and a woman, who have worked together for a while, are forced by circumstances beyond their control to share the only available bedroom in Cornwall’s sleaziest sex-motel, and as the night progresses, they get to know each other, they get to trust each other, they get to confide important things to each other, they get, inevitably, to get off with each other. She’s a slightly nervy woman of a certain age, whose only escape from the longueurs of a long, long marriage, is a steak, a bottle of good chianti, and the washing machine on spin cycle. He’s a sexy, cuddly Italian who shapes like a Lothario but carries secrets that would get him banned from Sicily for ever. He tries to address her up tightness with ‘tantrum sex techniques’ – in the interests of a good night’s sleep – and the night and the relationship progresses despite the feverish fornicating in the next-door room.
The Italian man (Dino) is played by an Italian actor, Alessandro Gruttadauria; the woman (Fran) is played by Wanja Mary Sellers, the writer was Mary Jane Figtree, and the director was Richard Heap. The actors were hugely engaging, quite sexy in an unthreatening way, and very pleasant people to share an evening with. This is a play that has limited ambition but achieves its aim very well, which is nowhere near as usual as it should be. A splendid ensemble doing a good days’ work and providing an excellent evening’s entertainment. Part of the Camden Fringe Festival. The Italian for cheese-grater, we learn, is grattugia. Fran believes everything sounds sexy in Italian. Fran is right. Grattugia.
August 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th at 7.30 pm
August 18th at 5.00 pm.
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