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Wastwater - Tabard Theatre, Chiswick, London'

Simon Stephens's play 'Wastwater' premiered at that old home of cutting edge theatre, The Royal Court, in 2011. It's currently being given a run at Chiswick's Tabard Theatre, by Two Shillings and Sixpence Productions. 

Wastwater, which is a lake in the Lake District, and not a spelling mistake (although try telling that to iPhone autocorrect!) comprises three distinct stories, with two characters apiece. My husband, proclaiming the undeniably fantastic performances, didn't see that the three stories were interconnected; although interconnected may be a strong word - more like tiny ripples extending from each piece into the next. 

The last time I saw a play at Tabard, it was by the same company - and another of Stephens's - Bluebird, which delivered an incredibly poignant performance by Mark Griffin. Griffin too, had his part in Wastewater, in the third story of the piece, in which he played a man adopting a child. Griffin's performances are extraordinary …

An Enemy of the People - Chichester Festival Theatre

The hubby and I went to see An Enemy of the People at Chichester Festival Theatre. It was our first time at this well-planned out theatre. Hugh Bonneville starred in this Ibsen play, as a scientist who writes a report declaring the water in the town to be contaminated. But no thanks here because the town is banking on the water to bring in hordes as part of its plan to become a spa town. The Mayor is not happy, urging the scientist to at least 'water' the report down, pardon the pun, with recommended action to be in more manageable steps. But the scientist can't lie - even when the Mayor is his very own brother. The story itself was predictable - speaking truth to power, with no help from the local newspaper - and a few long speeches - but the second half was much more dynamic than the first half, with a town meeting taking place in amongst the audience. Overall, a good 'visitor experience', but somewhat predictable. What may have made this play much more contempor…