Remains: Alma Tavern
Wednesday 19th November 2008
is a Crackerjack review of Metal Remains.
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rating: 8 / 10.
The final play in Theatre West’s autumn season takes
us to the deserts of Iraq in Ann Stiddard’s sandbags
and camouflage netting set.
McGrath’s gritty drama Metal Remains centres on
the stories of four interconnected women and how the war
has shattered their lives in different ways.
by Alison Comley, the 60-minute play exposed the raw emotions
of old soldier Kate, her lover medic Vivienne, Iraqi mother
Amina and young soldier Alice.
an intense drama without jokes or any let-up in the unremitting
message that war destroys. It’s not Oh! What A Lovely
War. But it's this very intensity that makes the stories
such compulsive viewing.
particular, the director Alison Comley ensured the cast
didn’t give the audience a moment to relax. Which
reflected the tension that soldiers and civilians must
feel in Iraq.
Davies gave an unflinchingly convincing portrayal of the
career soldier and lover Kate and Dee Sadler was relaxed
and persuasive in her role as her partner in a strained
Dixit was outstanding as mum Amina, while Eleanor Dixon
gave a refreshingly realistic performance as the young
and naive Alice. Four first-class pieces of acting.
sound in particular gave the slick production a naturalistic
tone as the actors set about McGrath’s uncompromising
script. Broken lives, fractured relationships. Yes, in
Iraq all there seems to be are the metal remains of the
carnage. Bush and Blair please take note.