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Assessment: Sea Creatures, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

Assessment: Sea Creatures, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs


Grace Saif with Tom Mothersdale in Sea Creatures_credit Marc Brenner

Grace Saif with Tom Mothersdale in Sea Creatures, Hampstead Theatre, April 2023, Picture: Marc Brenner

Cordelia Lynn’s play is ready in an outdated fisherman’s cottage, which has been prolonged through the years and now features a glass-fronted kitchen space from the place you possibly can take within the view of the ocean.

The cottage and its up to date extension are a bit like its inhabitants: A contemporary household with a love of outdated tales and myths filled with sea creatures like mermaids and selkies.

It is a vacation retreat owned by Shirley (Geraldine Alexander), a professor who would not like anybody in her workplace except invited.

Her associate Sarah (Thusitha Jayasundera), is an artist who paints city landscapes when she is within the nation and the nation when she’s within the metropolis. Toni (Grace Saif) is Shirley’s youngest daughter and ‘consciously naive’ (she behaves like somebody a lot youthful), and her sister George (Pearl Chanda) is unhappily pregnant.

Then there’s the third sibling Robin, whose whereabouts is unknown. Her boyfriend, Mark (Tom Mothersdale), is staying in her room within the hope that she turns up.

And that is form of the play, the wait and the whereabouts of Robin.

The inhabitants of the cottage are an odd mixture of ordinariness and kookiness, just like the play. It’s, in lots of senses, a typical summer season with swims, walks and evenings of charades (not as enjoyable to look at as it’s to participate, maybe).

Blended in are the outdated tales and tales of the ocean, usually darkish and romantic.

The tempo of life is languid, as you’d count on throughout a sizzling summer season, however the play is languid too.

There are bursts of dialog, comings and goings to make tea or toast and quite a lot of sitting round. It’s a sluggish filling of time, one by which Mark tends to prepare dinner, doing all the things by hand: “As soon as I made 32 meringues whisking manually”. There may be quite a lot of cooking and meals discuss.

Mark likes to point out off his information and talent but seeks reassurance elsewhere. He has darkish fantasies the place he inflicts ache on others and himself however to what finish?

And that’s the major drawback; the play lacks a cohesive path and would not handle to marry the extra poetic parts with the on a regular basis. At one level, in an elevated second of ‘kookiness’, two lobsters ‘escape’ throughout the kitchen flooring. They’re toys on wheels pulled by a string, and I am unsure if we’re imagined to imagine they’re actual. 

For all of the discuss and the metaphorical legendary tales, the characters really feel under-explored, and the thriller of Robin is unresolved.

Sea Creatures is a well-acted however unsatisfactory watch. I am giving it ⭐️⭐️ and a half stars.

Sea Creatures, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

Written by Cordelia Lynn

Directed by James McDonald

Operating time 1 hour 50 minutes with out an interval

Reserving till 29 April, go to the Hampstead Theatre web site for extra data and tickets.

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