Items of Value (Alma Tavern, Bristol)
28 November 2012 WOS Rating: Katherine Mitchell’s new play looks at what we choose to give real value to and is a particularly apt way to end Theatre West’s successful A-Z season as we approach the consumer led Christmas season. takes a look at how capitalism can impact on our lives and how physical and emotional attachments can pull at us. The sharp script deals with its subject matter through three brilliantly crafted characters with real energy and warmth - helped enormously by fabulous performances from the actors involved. Items of Value
The action is set in Eddie’s (
Tom Sherman) scrap-yard; Eddie is reliable and honest but seems averse to change and clings to the security of his scrap business. His ordered life is interrupted by the return of his girlfriend Holly ( Lucinda Holloway) from an extended trek around the world. Holly is a free-spirited tattooist with very little in the way of attachments and she tries to persuade Eddie to return to the Far East with her. It is the difference in their two world views that is at the heart of the piece and the two characters are so well drawn that you really route that they will overcome their differences and find a way to be together.
Providing comic relief is the character of Dogger (
Marc Geoffrey) who is perhaps the most untrustworthy security guard you could ever employ but a character you still really warm to. Dogger is a regular – although not always welcome -visitor to Eddie’s port-a-cabin and the two men play cards and discuss their lives in the runabout way men often do. Dogger is a wheeler dealer but underneath this brash exterior there is man who is worried about keeping his jobs and the need to provide his wife with all the latest luxury goods.
Items of Value closes Theatre West’s latest season with suitable aplomb and the play’s ending drew audible satisfied ‘Ahs’ from those in attendance. - by Simon Harvey-Williams Related Content
Subscribe to our free newsletter
Featured Editor's Picks
X Factor musical titled I Can't Sing!, opens Palladium March 2014 The forthcoming X Factor musical will be called I Can't Sing! The Musical and will premiere at the L... Tanzi Libre First things first, it's great to see the Southwark Playhouse open again. Set halfway down New... Clint Eastwood on board to direct Jersey Boys film? Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood has reportedly been signed up to direct the film version of Jersey B... Michael Coveney: Big Apple bites and Manhattan memories You should always do new things in familiar cities. Over the past few days in New York, I walked a... Donmar stages Nick Payne premiere, Wesker's Roots & Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus The Donmar Warehouse has announced its new season, which features the premiere of Nick Payne's new p... : Kendal & co in Podcast Relatively Speaking Q&A Last night (21 May 2013), 140 Whatsonstage.com theatregoers attended Relatively Speaking at the West... Kimberley Walsh & Denise Van Outen toast Tointon in 1st Night Photos: Relatively Speaking Strictly Come Dancing stars Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen and Artem Chigvintsev toasted former S... ATG acquires Broadway's largest theatre The Foxwoods, home of Spider-Man In another significant step for transatlantic theatre relations, the UK’s biggest theatre ... Sheila Hancock shows wild side in Video: Barking in Essex trailer As this new trailer reveals, Sheila Hancock has had a dramatic TOWIE-style makeover for her forthcom... : Critics convinced by Review Round-up Relatively Speaking? Lindsay Posner's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking opened at the Wyndham's Theatre las...