HORSEY JOURNAL-TAKE REVIEW

EVEN IN SPACE YOU CAN HEAR A RELATIONSHIP DISINTEGRATING.

Greg Freeman’s new play takes this and a star-filled stage as its premise.

Sharp writing and sensitive acting combine in an unusually lyrical piece about sex-obsessed aliens.

There’s more to this tight little two hander than meets the eye. The plot revolves around the predicament of an unhappy couple.

Wanda has spent years trying to convince husband Colin to believe in things from UFO’s to the importance of children.

The trouble is, they’ve never been entirely truthful with each other. Car and marriage crash to a halt at about the time of their mysterious abduction and the moon proves as good a place as any to spend some time together.

The skeletons in the cupboard come in a variety of disguises, from vasectomies to prostitution to dead babies.

RADA graduate Melissa Simmonds and Colin (Rupert Procter) from Bristol Old Vic offer spirited performances that spark drama from their characters’ seemingly lifeless love affair.

This is a finely tuned hi-tech show that Andrew Neil’s subtle directing effectively underscores. Give TAKE a chance – it’s worth it.   [Helena Thompson]

 

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If you thought your ordinary love life was muddled up in every day fortune and misfortune, then TAKE, a new play written by Greg Freeman and directed by Andrew Neil (not the media maestro), will make you question those darkest truths that lie within every relationship.

TAKE is a representation of two lives, Wanda (Melissa Simmonds) and Colin (Rupert Proctor, last seen in the movie Notting Hill).

The story begins when Wanda finds herself catapulted into a dimension of non-reality where time stands still. Colin, her husband, also finds himself stranded in this unconventional reality with the one person he loves but is estranged from.

The play is at the same time gritty and humorous in its examination of marrriage in the '90s. Colin and Wanda's love for one another has become sour, yet only their love for one another will allow them to escape the time warp they have been thrown into.

Serious challenges are interspersed with moments of laughter as we follow the journey of this man and woman as they are forced to defeat the circumstance of coincidence.

Greg Freeman has worked in television as a script editor for many years and TAKE is his first stage full length play.

The dialogue of TAKE is admirable and the tempo hits a balance, giving the audience enough insight to understand the complexities of the past which has brought marital doom in the present for Wanda and Colin.

Great acting and an interesting plot make TAKE a must see for all couples or those who want to be whisked away into the depths of the unknown.   [Shelley Goffe

© 2019 by Greg Freeman