Theatre Review





Shared Property Theatre Company

Fewer Emergencies





15 May – 17 May, 2008



1ary Couzens

A review by Aisha Walters for EXTRA! EXTRA!


‘Things are definitely looking up’, said Rhik Samadder in the last play of Martin Crimp’s trilogy, Fewer Emergencies. With performances like Shared Property’s, mixing sinister but comical tales, live music and engaging acting, I would have to agree – things are looking up in the heart of Deptford.

The first play by the well-respected contemporary playwright, Whole Blue Sky, deals with a woman’s failing relationship with her husband and child. The three actors (Lloyd Graham, Rhik Samadder and Amy Smith) in this play depicting a woman’s emptiness seemed to relish in her despair, especially the two male actors who salivated over every word while Amy Smith, confusing herself with the woman she created in the story, slowly crumbled in between them.

Face to the Wall spoke of a school shooting, with each actor involved (Lloyd Graham, Muzz Khan, Amy Smith, Samantha Sutherland) trying to establish a motive for the killer’s actions.

The last play Fewer Emergencies sees the actors returning to the first family. It is now ten years on and the parents have sailed off to the edge of the world leaving their crippled son Bobby locked in a cupboard, full of everything he will ever need.

The intimate setting, subtle lighting and optional floor seats gave the feel of a late night story telling session, in the Albany Studio. However what set this hour long piece apart from being just a trilogy of grim fairytales is the hard work of Shared Property Theatre Company. This is really an ensemble piece with each actor permanently onstage throughout the performance.  Director, Elizabeth Newman, positions the actors all over the studio, as an audience you are not sure where the next scene will take place. Instead you stare from one end of the room to another trying to decipher the meaning of each story.

Are these characters just scriptwriters bouncing off ideas? Are they actors rehearsing a play? Or are these the fears of the middle classes being manifested? I’m not so sure if it entirely matters. What does is the power of Martin Crimps’ deliberate and provocative words and the commitment of the actors involved in this enjoyable and interesting production.


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All Tickets £5.50

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