Review: Blud @ The Other Room
The Other Room, Porter's
Thursday 3rd September 2015
The Other Room at Porter's is swiftly developing itself as more than just Cardiff's pub theatre. Rather than just this label, it is keen to stage new and exciting work by local artists.
In the opener to their second season entitled Blue Sky, Kelly Jones' two hander Blud, is as punchy a piece as you would expect from the writer from Dagenham. Winner of the BBC Wales Drama Award, Kelly's writing is lacking in any pretence, is from the heart and totally genuine. The setting and talk patterns are quintessentially London (or even "Landon") and a brutal sense of feminine, postcode remonstrations are evident throughout.
As Rita, Francesca Marie Claire is a dynamic firework, who has kidnapped a footballer from her local club, who made the bad decision to move to a rival team. She violently chants, expresses her disgust for the near by district (along with the friend which moved their) and schemes unthinkable things as poor Marcus is tied up, with no-one knowing he is missing... yet.
Her partner in crime, Olivia Elsden as Lou, gave the brilliant impression of a typically vapid young girl, who appeared to either be roped into things (literally) or happy just to be on the joyride with Rita. The banter, fights and making up of both characters are what makes the piece work so well.
Both characters reek of moral corruption and the ending left a large lump in my throat. This is a story which could be in the local news tomorrow, proving the value of the individual who goes vigilante - just to prove a point, which not everyone would be able to understand.
Strident, acute and downright gobby.
Rating: 4 stars
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