That Moment (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

That Moment

credit: David Monteith-Hodge

Madeline Gray's flair for a good shaggy dog story is magnetic

That Moment (directed by Marcus Marsh) is a gentle farce which succeeds largely because of the effortless charm that radiates from Madeline Gray in the role of Alicia.

The plot is prosaic. Alicia is a young actress struggling to forge a career while her peers appear to be thriving. This is not in itself an original tale or even a particularly interesting one – post-graduation blues are familiar to many who've experienced higher education.

However, Gray's flair for a good shaggy dog story is magnetic. Her talent for spinning a yarn is such that large parts of this hour-long show feel like a one-sided, but pleasant, conversation.

Gray regales us from a set dressed as a living room while making the audience feel entirely at home in this intimate venue. The atmosphere is so comfortable that were she to pour a glass of wine or a cup of tea for the front row, it wouldn't seem at all out of place.

The pacing occasionally goes awry, becoming bogged down in distracting details. The strength of the farce is in its race towards an inevitable, but unfortunate conclusion, and each moment spent slowing the momentum diminishes the final impact. But Gray's excellent performance ensures this remains an endearing, if unimaginative, play.

C cubed, until 28 Aug, 10.20 pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£6.50–£8.50).

That Moment

  • 3 stars
  • Directed by: Hannah Joss
  • Written by: Dougie Blaxland

Marcus Marsh directs Madeline Gray in Dougie Blaxland's comedy drama in which a young actress struggles to find her breakthrough role amidst the endless round of fringe theatre and auditions for bit-parts in The Bill.