Goddard and Turner are also blessed with a series of excellent performances from Matt Oliver, Daniel Bottomley, Graham Elwell, Anne Leone and Tom Skitt. Bottomley in particular as the guilt-ridden husband who killed his wife rather than lose her, offers a perfectly understated response to his predicament. Oliver, given the hardest task of convincingly portraying a psychopath, leans rather towards easy melodrama than taking the more difficult route of getting inside such a warped and twisted mind and body. The simple set is especially effective and well used.
In the end, though, all this tells us little about murder, criminal or state-sanctioned. The characterisation is a touch too pat; there’s an absence of real human complexity in the writing. If anything, this play is more about male relationships in extremis. You don’t feel challenged or provoked or carried forward to a new place. But there is plenty of talent on display here; acting, writing and directing.
- Craig Singer