A Corner Of The Ocean
Vibrant physical theatre that’s set to make waves
This article is from 2010.
This dynamic production by Jammy Voo ricochets between the lives of four different women struggling to establish their sense of self and find stability in a turbulent world. Each is touched by the news of a man’s disappearance during a diving accident and their individual stories are simultaneously separate yet connected, weaving round each other as they share both an emotional and physical space on stage. Striking, vital performances from the strong cast carry with ease the electric blend of comedy and anxiety that crackles throughout the production.
Cosmopolitan themes of loneliness, difficult relationships, lack of direction and self-doubt are presented with compelling sincerity, while peppered throughout with a quirky and engaging humour that breaks the tension. Billed as ‘physical theatre’, creative thought has been put into the way the cast interact with the set and props, while superb use of puppetry adds an unexpected charm which is picked up by atmospheric live music and a cappella singing by the cast. The combination of all these elements results in a production that has both depth and sparkle and reminds you just how refreshing original theatre can be.
Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, until 29 Aug (not 16), 5.35pm, £6.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).