In need of tighter direction

2011-09-19 00:00

MATTHEW Hurt’s new work Sailing Somewhere is by no means the highly polished finished product I think it could become.

The bones of the work are good — it tells the story of a cruise ship lounge singer, played by Fiona Ramsay, who shares stories of the crew as the ship makes its way to Durban. But as each day brings her closer to land she finds herself more and more conflicted over whether to meet her estranged daughter, Zoe.

Unfortunately, the pace and the flow of the play is problematic and, sadly, it left me feeling completely uninvolved.

That said, it is a brand new work and the festival was its very first staging post, so with a bit of workshopping and tighter direction it should improve.

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