Engaging three man play by Tim Cook tells the story of newlyweds Adam (Christopher Adams) & Eve (Jeannie Dickinson) who move to the countryside, leaving the city behind for good. They buy a house, begin a family and live happily ever after... But when Adam is suspended from his job as an English teacher and accusations are made by one of his pupils, Nikki (Anuschka Rapp), the couple are forced to question how well they really know each other.
Directed by Paul Macauley and written by Tim Cook, the play is topical to the age we live in; having to show political correctness towards everything. The wit is quick and terrifically well rehearsed, leaving the small audience intensely silent when witnessing believable arguments between the couple. The hour long piece could contrast this by slowing down at points, to show the anxiety of the suffocating situation the 'high school sweethearts' are going through. However, it flows like a gorgeous wine and there are no points of nothingness.
It begins in a non linear fashion, and a tremendous sense of 'did he do it? Or did he not?' culminates throughout, such as when Eve reads the text messages that allegedly rallied back and forth between Adam and Nikki and doesn't mention who said what, until the final twist. The connection between Adams, who studied at RADA, and Dickinson, Exeter University, is remarkable and they play off each other incredibly well. Rapp, Brit School for Performing Arts, finds joy in toying with both of them, hiding behind her innocent yet deceitful side.
Though the set consists of just three boxes, moved around between scenes to create new locations, the piece is simple and clear and the music, which sounds slightly TRON-esque, captures the eerie essence of the play. The play has many interesting moments and is a successful display from Broken Silence theatre. - Alex Grainger