In recent months, there has been a lot of press about the power of small theatres and the high standard of plays they produce. I visited the New Diorama Theatre, Camden, last week. This small, intimate space is perfect for presenting the close and inescapable bond between siblings that Plastic Figurines explores.
This new play by Ella Carmen Greenhill, is an excellent example of what is on offer in fringe theatre. The script is excellent and one of the most realistic presentations of the unique relationship shared between siblings. Irreverent, frustrating but ultimately loving, their relationship is tested through the difficulties of everyday life, loss and growing up. Remmie Milner and Jamie Samuel are brilliant as Rose and Michael. These are not easy roles: the play is a two hander and demands a lot from the actors, not only in the time they spend onstage but emotionally and physically as well. The creative team make impressive use of the limited space and fixed scenery to move between a wide range of scene locations and this is made believable by the brilliant commitment demonstrated by these young actors. I expect we shall see great things from them in the future. But for now, catch them in the poignant and funny Plastic Figurines – a steal at £13.50. Fantastic theatre at a fraction of the West End price. 4/5
Review written by Emily Channon.
Plastic Figurines was on at the New Diorama Theatre from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th April. For more information on theatre company, Box of Tricks Theatre, visit here…