Confessional

This adaptation of a 1970 Tennessee Williams play, originally set in 1950s California, has been written by Jack Silver and transports the action to modern-day Southend. The Little space at the Southwark Playhouse has been transformed into a working pub: I bought a drink from the bar before I sat down, from a barman who proves to be one of the characters.

Confessional follows a group of characters over the course of one night in a run-down bar. The company, Tramp, uses an unusual acting style in which lines are memorised but delivery and blocking are improvised each night: this makes for an exceptionally naturalistic evening, and I felt that I was really in a pub eavesdropping on the locals. I thought the production was excellent, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the company comes up with next.

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