Review: A Good Clean Heart @ The Other Room, Porter's
Thursday 30th April 2015
Porter's have turned their cinema into a petite performance space, now a vibrant place to see new work of theatre in Cardiff. The remarkably intimate nature of the room makes for engrossing viewing as we experience two characters and their situations.
Not since Gavin and Stacy has there been such a greatly amusing and considerate perspective on the relationship between the English and the Welsh. The play is in both languages and tells of two young men, both of the same mother, finally meeting for the first time.
When they meet, they discover how different they are, then realise they are the same, as true brothers.
James Ifan is Hefin, a curly-haired Welsh-speaking young man, whose role is naive and understood. Dorian Simpson is Jay, a no-nonsense Londoner who is very chuffed to meet his brother.
Alun Saunders' script is funny, random and, at times, stirring. The themes of adoption are a hard pill to swallow: questions are raised, furious resentment is felt and a lingering pessimism is dealt with, but the humour prevails (thankfully).
As we left, we were handed Chomps. You'd have to see the play to understand.
A Good Clean Heart runs at Porter's until Saturday 16th May 2015. For more information, visit www.otherroomtheatre.com.
Rating: 4 stars
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