The Space Between My Head and My Body
Sophisticated drama from a young company
This article is from 2008.
Seven people take a plane journey, but something has gone wrong. Has the plane landed? Is the journey still underway? Is it real or imagined? Flitting between dreams, memories, and future visions, the characters are followed by the ominous sense that their plane has crashed, or may be about to.
Royal Court Young Writer Catie O'Keefe sets her ill-fated flight high above the physical reality of the world below. Her characters are on a recurring voyage of their own imaginations in which they attempt to build new bonds with their loved ones while holding on to their emotional baggage.
In the dank and dripping caverns of the Baby Belly the play's strange world briefly draws the audience in, but the frequency of costume changes in the small space distracts from otherwise convincing performances by the four-strong cast. In order to enjoy the atmosphere of confusion (rather than simply feeling confused), attention has to be focused fully on what the characters are saying and not the mechanics of the performance. This flaw aside, the show is a rewarding hour of theatre, capable of sweeping up its audience in the dark dreams of a clever and imaginative script.
Underbelly's Baby Belly, 0844 545 8252, until 24 Aug (not 12), 2.20pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).