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This is set in an actual tearoom – stocked with free tea and cakes for the audience – and we follow the lives of several visitors to the room as they chat amongst themselves and enter and exit as they please. It’s much more staged than expected – the area for actors is separate from the audience, although the fact that the audience is placed around the actors means that there will always be a point where you won’t be able to see what is happening. The effect of this staging is to suggest that the audience are eavesdropping on other people’s conversations, rather than listening to actors. Although slightly too long, this is still worth it for the tea-sing (apologies) glimpses into the lives of others.
Lauriston Hall, 22 – 28 Aug, times vary, £14.00 – £15.00, fpp302.
tw rating 3/5