Nomad (2 stars)

This article is from 2018


A slight tale of early life crisis

Within a fringe populated by theatre grasping at big ideas and serious issues, Nomad feels inconsequential. Laura reached thirty, has a crisis about career, absent boyfriend and best friend and reflects on her life so far. Unfortunately, Laura has had to cope with going to university, wanting to be a photographer and seeing a bride in Delhi. This isn't enough for a compelling script.

The lack of depth to Laura's context removes any hope that Nomad can rise above a generic solo monologue with a few video effects. There are gestures towards the challenges of a working class childhood which are rapidly dispelled by supportive parents, an attempt to explore the tension between creative ambition and financial stability and a vague anxiety about a lover who seems to care more about his dog than his partner but none of these become weighty. A solid central performance that incorporates physical theatre interludes helps to sketch a recognisable character, but the importance of various incidents – having to work as a temp, or spotting the bride in Delhi – are vague and only emphasise the script's limited vision.

theSpace @Surgeons Hall, until 25 Aug, 6.15pm, £8 (£6).


  • 2 stars

Stacey Devonport The flat is empty. Everyone had moved out. Except for Laura and her ancient dog named Roy. Tonight she is staring down the lens of her 30th birthday. Come and celebrate one woman's intimate and darkly comic coming-of-age story, a biological kick off the edge of the cliff into the face of her hopes…