Pleasance Courtyard
8-31 August (ex. 17) 15.45

His Ghostly HeartGiven that the play was written by Ben Schiffer (writer of ‘Skins’) and has two already-established actors (James Rose and Marina Niel) playing the lead roles, it is perhaps unsurprising that the performance is as polished and absorbing as it is.

The play lasts only half an hour, and consists of a one-act conversation between lovers, performed wholly in the dark. While this may have been tedious with a lesser script or actors, it most certainly isn’t in this performance, and it is difficult to see how it could have been made any more engaging. The issues that it deals with are profound, relatable and utterly human; we follow the actors as they pass between guilt, insecurity, remorse, pretence, and redemption. On top of this, the intimate conversation which we witness manages to be erotic and meaningful without being seedy.

It initially appears as though we are watching a snapshot of a relationship, but the plot delves deeper and reveals the history of the couple – their issues, their suffering, and their previous actions which still haunt them. It is a subtle and impressively intelligent performance, at times appearing so real, or at least striking chords so resonant, that it is impossible not to be moved. The play is quick-witted, fast-paced and refreshingly unpretentious – but more importantly, will stay on your mind for a long time after the lights finally come up.

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