Monday, 27 April 2015

Review: Bomber's Moon at Trafalgar Studios 2

Bomber's Moon
Trafalgar Studios 2
Reviewed on Friday 24th April 2015

Beautifully touching and surprisingly funny, William Ivory's play Bomber's Moon has transferred to Trafalgar Studios 2 following its premiere at the Park Theatre. James Bolam plays former RAF gunner Jimmy who forms a strong bond with his new carer David, played by Steve John Shepherd.

At first it seems these two men approach life differently, but it turns out they have plenty in common as both are affected by their pasts. We see flashbacks to Jimmy's experiences in the WWII bombing raids whilst David eventually unravels and reveals the reality of his situation. 

I sat down prepared for a dark evening of historic theatre, so was pleasantly surprised when I found myself laughing loudly throughout so much of the first act. The majority of the action takes place in Jimmy's bedroom in his care home. What Jimmy lacks in mobility he makes up for with dark humour and quick wit. He certainly gives David a run for his money, seeing just how much he can get away with.

Bolam's performance is masterful. He may deliver his one-liners effortlessly, but it was the simplest of facial expressions which I found the funniest. Straight away John Shepherd makes it clear there is a lot we don't know about David, there is darkness in his eyes which works a treat in the intimacy of Trafalgar Studios 2. 

It's the build up of humanity which allows Bomber's Moon to make its mark. I didn't know where it was going and found myself sitting forward on my chair because you can't help but care for these two characters. Matt Aston's production leaves you to make up your own mind about certain details, it is a brilliantly crafted piece of theatre.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Bomber's Moon runs at Trafalgar Studios 2 until Saturday 23rd May 2015.
Please visit for further information and tickets.

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