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REVIEW: Subject to Time at South Hill Park

Terry Adlam

REVIEW: Subject to Time at South Hill Park

Jack Fairey has impressed me this year with both his acting and directing talents and now I’m equally impressed with ‘Subject to Time’, which showcases his writing skills.

Produced by Bedivere Arts Company and written and directed by Fairey, this was a captivating and thoughtful love story in which time took precedence over emotions, highlighting those moments in time where timing can make or break a relationship.

Cleverly and deftly split into twelve chronological scenes each depicting the ending of a different hour on different days in the progression of a relationship between two young recently jilted lovers, was an original take on a well-used premise and emphasised the time motif that was prevalent throughout.

Laura Hannawin and James Bruzas as the initially mismatched lovers, Isla and Archie were superb and complimented Fairey’s script with strong, compelling and very watchable performances.

There were parts in the play I felt had a touch of the Richard –Four Weddings and Notting Hill – Curtis style about them and I say that as a compliment as opposed to a criticism, for apart from the very occasional slightly overwritten piece of dialogue, there was very little to criticise.

Along with simple staging, overlooked by an ever-changing clock face, subtle but effective lighting and a pleasing playlist making up the soundtrack, this was an excellent debut script and production from Fairey and his team and time well spent at The Studio Theatre for me.

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