Blink, Crucible Studio
This two-handed play, beautifully written by Phil Porter, tells a bitter-sweet tale of love and loneliness in the middle of an unforgiving London.
Jonah and Sophie are two lost souls in the big city whose lives come together when he moves into the flat that she owns downstairs to her own.
Sophie (Lizzy Watts) is grieving for her father and bewildered by losing her job into the bargain.
She feels that she is actually disappearing as a result.
Jonah (Thomas Pickles) has grown up cut off from the world in a religious commune.
He also suffers the loss of a parent but some money his mum leaves him sets him free to explore the world.
Sophie sends Jonah a little screen that he can see her on, the only way she can think of to feel that she is still alive, if someone watches her.
Only an accident reveals to Jonah the closeness of the woman he can’t help watching. A strange courtship ensues as he follows her but never speaks. Eventually they do get together but it doesn’t last and each is left alone again.
They tell their story direct to the audience, making clever use of simple props.
The audience therefore become voyeurs of their little worlds, too.
Although it doesn’t sound likely, the play is full of comedy and you find yourself drawn towards this oddly charming couple.
Both actors, Lizzy in particular, portray their roles beautifully, and the wistfully sad ending lingered long in the memory.