Heather and Harry
- Gareth K Vile
- 22 August 2018
An inconsequential display of theatrical prowess
The three performers of Heather and Harry are clearly talented, and their dance, movement, singing and charisma rescues this hour from a twee and unsubstantial story with a positive message and last stereotypes. The message – that mortal life and love beats immortality with an arrogant partner who likes to throw thunderbolts and boast – is weakened by the lack of character development, with Heather and Harry cyphers for the romance and their charming awkwardness translating into whimsical shallowness.
Laila Woozeer' sardonic musician adds a few moments of ironic sharpness, as well as providing the melodic and inventive score, and Grace Church and Chloe Young have the makings of a great double act. While the city scenes are dynamic, the dialogue meanders and the montage of the two lovers appears as a selection of exercises in physical theatre that don't examine the themes of love and unavailability that they try to address.
With the Lecoq style in evidence, Stumble Trip seems to be finding a voice, but relies too heavily on easily recognised types, comedy beards and sweetness. The plot becomes a repetition of the basic ideas – will Heather accept love despite the loss of immortality, can Harry overcome his shyness – and Harry's attitude towards Heather appears to be frustrated lust rather than the love that the show claims. The material undermines three remarkable talents.
Zoo Chateris, until 27 Aug, 7.30pm, £8 (£6).