David’s “different”. His girlfriend is “stunning”. And then his brother dies in 9/11. He pals up with his brother’s obnoxious chum, Raymond - who smacks his girlfriend about - and there’s a confrontation with the beaten girl’s brother and friends.
This adaptation makes a fascinating play. Although occasional lines of philosophy feel a little awkward, the characters’ inner and outer dilemmas leave you with some rather dank conclusions about the human soul.
Making Camus entertaining is a mighty challenge: the cast rises to it well. Oliver Millingham’s appalling Raymond is sharp and occasionally breath-taking. Kirsten Foster‘s Shanaz is a joy, credible on every level. Adam Fuller as David has a tough job: eliciting audience sympathy when your character doesn’t care much about anything is Herculean. Sarah Winter‘s Marie - David’s girlfriend - needs more to work with than just her “stunning” moniker - but that’s the Camus talking. Elliot Chapman plays a number of roles, most fun of which is his justice-blind barrister.
Emel Yilmaz directs a stimulating piece with potential to pose greater challenges than it does thus far. In these days of post-9/11 hand-wringing, this is a thoughtful look at the parts we play in one another’s lives.