Adam and Eve, 3 Stars

Adam and Eve
The Hope Theatre
22nd May to 9th June 2018

“A modern day Genesis story.
‘What does it say about the state of our relationship, if one small thing comes along
and destroys it forever?’
Newlyweds Adam & Eve are moving to the countryside, leaving the city behind for
good. They’re going to buy a house, start a family and live happily ever after. But
when Adam is suspended from work and accusations are made, they’re forced to
question how well they really know each other.
What lurks beneath the surface? And how can marriage survive in a post-truth
society?
Adam & Eve is a startling new play about trust, feminism and the nature of
accusations from award-winning Royal Court Young Writer Tim Cook. It comes to
The Hope Theatre after a critically acclaimed run last year.”

Review by Richard Lambert, 3 Stars

With more twists and turns than a Rubik’s Cube Tim Cook’s Adam and Eve grips the drama tightly and keeps you second-guessing all the way! You can see why Tim Cook is an award-winning writer and I predict we’ll be seeing a lot more award-winning plays from this graduate of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme!

We’re presented with an interesting situation and with strong direction by Jennifer Davis the story comes alive. Over the coming months connecting the dots until there are enough in the final moments to see the picture.

The Set was interesting. Sorcha Corcoran has created a sort of paper cloud thing like a hanging mobile-come-chandelier with integral LED strips. This can change colour. I was a little distracted wondering what it was, why it was there and it’s relevance to the play, however, that aside, it was, well, interesting. 2 x Chairs complete the Set. The costumes were fine but why wasn’t the snappily presented school teacher wearing a trouser belt?

 
(Photo Credit Tim Cook)

Ben Jacobs has lit several shows at the Hope and thankfully mastered the difficulties in lighting a show with audience sat on all 4 sides. I wasn’t blinded for which I’m very grateful! He of course also lit the hanging paper sheep brain thing. Scene changes had “a look” which broke everything up nicely. With pumping music from Aran Knight this completes the Technical and Design of this show.

If this Review was about the story and acting it would gain 5 Stars, I had a great time and loved the script and acting. However this Review website focuses on the production aspects which in many ways felt disconnected to the play. It is a brilliant show nevertheless.

A riveting story that makes you wonder about the fragility of our own status and reputation.

Creatives: Director Jennifer Davis
Designer Sorcha Corcoran
Lighting Designer Ben Jacobs
Sound Designer Aran Knight
Assistant Director Charlie Norburn
Producer Broken Silence Theatre

Company Information
Founded in 2013, Broken Silence Theatre are Brighton’s leading, multi-awardwinning,
new writing theatre company. The company’s previous work has been
staged at the King’s Head Theatre, Old Red Lion Theatre, RADA and the Jack
Studio Theatre. Broken Silence Theatre are the first and only theatre company to win
the Best New Play Award at Brighton Fringe on two separate occasions (for Crushed
in 2015 and Bug Camp in 2017).
Press on Adam and Eve:
“Utterly phenomenal” ✭✭✭✭✭ London Theatre 1
“Absolutely chilling” ✭✭✭✭✭ Spy in the Stalls
“A pitch perfect production” ✭✭✭✭✭ Fairy Powered Productions
“Sparky and sassy” ✭✭✭✭✭ London Pub Theatres

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