Promising new South African actor Nat Ramabulana is a more than fitting foil as the deceptive Pierre in the game of witty linguistic foreplay to a cataclysmic relationship.
Craig Higginson is dramaturg at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, and he’s developed this spell-binding two-hander with Live Theatre in Newcastle and the Glasgow Citizens; it’s also a pedantic, semantic delight in its battery of past participles and future conditionals.
Played out in five short acts on a white minimalist book-lined set, you could complain that the dance of mutual seduction is a little pat, even predictable, in its revelations.
But you’d be hard pressed to find a sexier scene this
festival than the shared naked foot stroking that turns nasty, then violent.
Oldham? She’s flame-haired, beautiful and sexy, with a killer comic personality
and sudden depths of vulnerability: a new Maggie Smith, and there’s no praise