C venues – C nova (Venue 145)
13:55 / 1 hour 5 minutes
Reviewed on Thursday 6th August 2015
What do Whitney Houston and the Romans have in common? They both liked a good bath! As does Harry, the central character in Kellie Tori's production of Bathtime. Written and performed by Richard Purnell, the one man show is thoroughly engaging from start to finish.
At first the piece appears to be a light hearted pro-bath lecture, but it soon becomes a dark comedy as Harry tells the story of his wife's murder. The writing is good and the performance has strong moments, but on occasion I felt Purnell was spoonfeeding his audience. Sometimes, as an audience member, you do not need to be told every single detail of a story, particularly when watching a piece in a black box theatre.
Purnell does an excellent job of keeping the focus; he performs with intensity, successfully building and releasing the tension. With a few minor cuts and re-writes Bathtime could be taken up a massive notch. There are glimmers of excellence.
Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)
Bathtime runs at C venues – C nova until 22nd August 2015.
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