Take a Bite
Touching freedom in captivity
This article is from 2007.
Sometimes it takes for people to be physically locked up together for them to touch freedom. Starting out from this premise Take a Bite opens with protagonist Vera (Anna Rylance Murdoch) waking to find herself trapped in a windowless room with a teenage boy who’s high on acid and covered in blood (Alan Burgon). Literally forced to make personal contact, the pair initially clash over the sex-obsessed boy’s condom collection. But as she opens up and they swap stories, Vera gradually revealing the shady secret of her relationship with her boyfriend, the two begin to realise exactly where they are being held.
For a young cast (Burgon still being at drama school) this odd couple hold the dinky stage at The Vault well and the unfurling of their short relationship is paced to the point of believability despite the writing’s occasional implausible moments. This good work is somewhat undone by the unsatisfying ending, but, overall, the standard remains solid throughout. (Miles Johnson)
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