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Under the Blue Sky by The Tower Theatre Company – Review

Under the Blue Sky
Under the Blue Sky – Tower Theatre Company – Photography by David Sprecher

A friendship between a man and a woman doesn’t frequently equate to a real friendship. All too often one person yearns for more out of a budding friendship. In such times, friends may become soul mates or may become heartbreaks.

The Tower Theatre Company’s Under the Blue Sky is a three-act play that ties together the lives of six people who long for companionship, love and life fulfilment. Written by David Eldridge, this play opens up the challenges close friends face as they discover intimate relationships.

Each act was set in a different time and place giving the play time for the characters’ stories to change over the years. The most fascinating aspect of Helen (Clare Gaba) and Nick (Nick Edwards) was that no matter how intense the scene became the volume of their voices never changed. Gaba’s crying was a soft whimper and even when she became hysterical while holding a knife, the volume of her voice did not change. Their presentation lacked in true passion as if their emotions never made a connection with the dialogue.

Though Michelle (Katie Smith) and Graham (Paul Robison) had an interesting plot twist in their act, their relationship was not believable. Michelle was written in a way that she was so off-putting toward Graham that it was difficult to believe he’d hang around her as long as he did. Even when Graham gained power in their relationship, it wasn’t very believable that she’d back down so simply.

The most experienced and dynamic act was between Anne (Lily Ann Green) and Robert (Leon Chambers). Chambers’ charisma really made this act fantastic. His genuine joy and passion brought out the best in Green as they danced around the space. They were a delightful pair as they spoke with true deep-rooted sentiments in their scene together.

Under the Blue Sky is an interesting play that sparks questions about the development of romantic relationships. Is it possible to just be friends? Or will one person always want more? These are the challenges we all face when it comes to love, and Under the Blue Sky takes the audience on a journey from budding friends into passionate relationships.

3 Star Review

Review by Aly Chromy

Under the Blue Sky, first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 2000, is a three-act play written by David Eldridge. In this fascinating triptych of love stories, three pairs of teachers discuss love and lust with boldness and honesty. Widely well received when it was first performed, Under the Blue Sky is a comic and poignant study of unrequited affection, obsession, sex and being human.

Having slept together once, colleagues Nick and Helen now have a virtually platonic relationship. However, tensions rise when Nick announces his intention to move to another school. Drunken Michelle is determined to have sex with obsessive, desperate Graham until he disturbingly reverses their roles. Meanwhile, older Anne and younger Robert look to the sky and hope to be happy. With alcohol, sexual tension, and the fear of year 7s first thing the next morning, the stage is set for an important exploration of emotions and morality.

The Tower Theatre Company Presents
Under the Blue Sky
By David Eldridge
Directed by Lynn Facey
Tuesday 14th March – Saturday 18th March

The Tower Theatre performing at
Theatro Technis, Camden.

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