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Review of Blink at Drayton Arms Theatre

Blink at Drayton Arms TheatreBlink is a surprisingly heart-warming, if slightly strange, tale of life and loneliness in London. When Sophie and Jonah find themselves in the big city, having recently lost loved ones, loneliness takes hold until Sophie comes up with an unusual way to make herself feel more visible in a city of strangers. Sending her downstairs neighbour Jonah a camera, she goes about her everyday life with someone watching her, keeping her noticed.

Ashley Gyngell is fantastic as Jonah, the socially awkward young man who has grown up on a religious commune and has no real idea of how to behave outside of its walls. He is funny and genuine, and a character who could seem sinister in someone else’s hands becomes loveable and sweet. Gyngell’s transformation into the ‘other Sophie’ during one scene was brilliant in both its believability and hilarity. Georgie Halford is touching as Sophie, and especially touching in her portrayal of the grief that comes with losing a loved one.

Phil Porter’s script is fast-paced and fresh, full of laugh out loud jokes that make this a real light-hearted piece despite the subject matter. The twists, turns and constant surprises mean the time simply flies by. The play is also ably supported by Roel Fox, the composer and musician for the piece. The sound adds to the ambience and is subtle yet atmospheric, enhanced by the fact that it is being played live.

All in all, this is a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and with a run time of just over an hour, more than worth the trip to South-West London. What’s not to love about an evening where you can see a five-star show and still be in bed by 10pm?

5 Star Rating

Review by Emily Diver

Blink is an unusual love story. A story of loneliness and grief. A story of two awkward humans coming together in their own unique way. Blink is a funny, dark and surprising exploration of what human connection means in a digital and voyeuristic age.

After a sold-out run in October 2018 at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Blink comes to the Drayton Arms Theatre for 5 performances. This production features live music originally composed for the show.

Written by Phil Porter
Directed by Samantha Robinson
Drayton Arms Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ

Dates: 22nd to 26th January 2019


  • Emily Gami

    I am a 25 year old Geography teacher who really loves the theatre. I first fell in love with the theatre when I was 15 and since moving to London 4 years ago I have tried to see as many shows as possible. On the rare occasions I am not at work or at the theatre I can usually be found on a tennis court or curled up somewhere with a good book

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