Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Wretched Bliss, The King's Head Theatre
Stephen Crowe's angular music often gives way to speech and silence, as if the characters run out of the ability or will to express themselves. The fractious couple, Nick Dwyer and Zoe Challenor negotiate the odd contours of the music with some real singing, and exploit the comic potential of the silences well (although I felt that the spoken passages were awkwardly under-projected).
The evening's notable pleasure though is in the band. This is where the real expression - and expressionism - is happening, with tearing, louche strings alternating with tumbling, speak-first-think-later trumpet and saxophone. Genevieve Ellis directs the excellent quartet, the best reason to make the trip to Islington.