My Green Your Grey: Bristol Old Vic Studio
Thursday 3rd September 2009

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Crackerjack rating: 7 / 10.

My Green Your Grey and Muscle, which can be seen in this venue next week, are the two plays chosen from 140 scripts received by Script in Hand, a new partnership between Bristol Old Vic and Theatre West set up to encourage new theatre writing from authors in the south west.

Most of author Sarah Cuddon's work has been for Radio and this showed in her script for My Green Your Grey. This thought provoking play delves deeply into peoples need to move on from tragedy and find a new reason to take their lives forward. It sets your mind rather than your visual senses scampering around making your imagination work overtime.

Dee Sadler was particularly impressive as Eva, struggling to come back into the world of reality after the death of her lover Jack while Tim Prior showed excellent judgment in his portrayal of this phantom figure.

Two deeply intensive performances came from Malcolm Hamilton and Eva Ruszoova as the romantic Balkan refugee and his far more practical sister.

Director Alison Comly made intelligent use of Ann Stiddard's nicely proportioned set.

Dom Rowe came up with a good curtain raiser - a 10 minute short play called Dying Breed - and was well served by Rachael Fagan and Adrian Grove. Their bullying police interrogator and rare bird's egg collector provided a lovely clash of philosophies of life.

Gerry Parker