Review: Festival of New Writing, The Lantern Theatre

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Festival of New Writing, The Lantern Theatre

SELLING out two nights in a row, the packed Nether Edge venue saw swarms of people gather for seven one-act plays written by enthusiastic playwrights from throughout the world - with genre ranging from surrealistic horror, to ‘Pinter-esque parody.

The night was one of truly spectacular performance, most notably Graveside, by Ledlowe Gurthie, which saw the reconciliation of a pair of estranged friends.

It possessed the kind of gritty realism present in the New Wave movement that swept Britain in the ‘60s in both understated irony and beautifully executed dialogue, of northern banter and charming colloquialism.

Surrealist Comedy The Interview, by John Turner, also made a lasting impression. Crude and primal characters cleverly played upon the horrors of the interview process, possessing a dark yet somehow relatable outlook on the employment industry, supported by a powerful and engaging performance from Tim Baron.

“Feedback we received was hugely encouraging,” says Lantern press man Matt Risby. “We allowed the audience to vote for the best of the festival and are hosting our first Lantern Theatre Awards Ceremony this Saturday.

“Our pieces were strong across the board. We were really pleased with the standard of the writing and we hoped to do the pieces justice by matching the quality with the acting and direction.”

Ebony Nembhard