BU21 by Stuart Slade
Hampton Hill Theatre - 27 April 2019
by Stuart Slade
OHADS at Hampton Hill Theatre
Review by Eleanor Lewis
BU21 is the flight number of a plane which, at some point in a present day summer, crashes onto London having been hit by a surface to air missile, fired by a terrorist. Unsurprisingly it causes carnage and worryingly carnage is something we in 2019 have begun to get used to. Terrorism-related drama is all over the place, but it would be dismissive though to describe BU21 as simply timely, it is an extraordinary piece of writing, adroitly performed by OHADS at Hampton Hill Theatre this week. This play however, covers the seismic effect the carnage has on those who live on after it. Six characters assemble in a survivors’ group which meets regularly to try and come to terms with what has happened to them.
“In the midst of life we are in death, from whom can we seek help?” is a quote familiar to many of us but for the three male and three female characters at the survivors’ meeting it’s their reason for being there. Six characters speak occasionally to each other but mostly in monologue whilst at the edge of what any human being can be expected to process. Each individual story is both unpredictable and totally plausible.
It’s a credit to this production that no acting performance was stronger than any other, all six actors inhabited their characters with clarity, integrity and considerable skill …
Read Eleanor Lewis’ full review at www.markaspen.com/2019/04/24/bu21
In the Midst of Life