Unit 46 (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Unit 46

Thin walls and solitary frustrations

This Australian two-hander visits the familiar territory of frustrated flat dwellers with a wrought examination of paranoid loner Tim and frustrated teacher Diane, living above and below each other in a claustrophobic unit block. Communicating only by note, broom bash, and muffled anguished retort, their neighbourly feud becomes the scapegoat for their failures in love, work and friendship.

Although this play rests on a small, domestic premise, it manages to take in an almost overwhelming array of themes. Tim struggles to overcome being laid off his job, suffers anguish over his divorce, and attempts to counter the problem of being an old fashioned guy in a whirlwind society. Similarly haunted by her desire for a partner and her increased alienation from her friends, needy 40-year-old Diane casts herself into a Chardonnay-fuelled fantasy land of myth and sex.

While at risk of attempting to deal with too much, tight direction, consummate performances from Leof Kingsford-Smith and Lucy Miller, and an ingenious use of set, deliver Unit 46 from the potential pitfall of thematic over-kill.

C Chambers Street, 0845 260 1235, until 31 Aug, 6.45pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

Unit 46

  • 3 stars

Australian hit. Cry with laughter as apartment enemies Tim and Diane strip, shower, drink and dream together without knowing it. 'Painfully funny' (Daily Telegraph, Australia). 'A must for anyone' (Express Media). Oh, what a lovely war! Writer Mick Barnes describes Unit 46 as ‘a comic home invasion’. The theme…

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