Work environments may drive some to distraction, but my job as a
reviewer was made a real pleasure by Feri Tezcan’s new comedy play,
The Hub. Set in a continuity announcer’s recording studio, five
co-workers tease, cajole and support each other out of spite, boredom,
and occasionally, good-humour. The main character Faith (Tezcan) has
just retuned from LA, coming face to face with friends, irritating
colleagues and a messy break-up; if it sounds like a sitcom, that’s
because it would make an excellent one.
The laughs come thick and fast, both from the general camaraderie and
the pithy one-liners of the voiceover announcements. The ensemble,
which also features Matt Green and Petra Massey as the workmates from
hell, is wonderful, and the stressful working environment they portray
translates into infectious joy among the audience. The vast number of
people smiling as they left the auditorium left me in no doubt that
The Hub is a delightful miniature gem at this year’s festival.
- Miranda Fay Thomas