Made up of snippets of overheard conversations, Angel Theatre Firm’s One other Eavesdropping is amusingly nice with potential to be extra on the Jack Studio Theatre
“Sorry if I gabbled on”
I don’t imagine in labelling any of my pleasures responsible but when I did, the enjoyment in earwigging on the juicy conversations of others would rank proper up there. Clearly I’m not alone on this as Angel Theatre Firm have created a chunk of theatre out of simply that. Conceptualised and directed by John Patterson, One other Eavesdropping is a verbatim play made up of such overheard conversations from most people, collected by forged members, collated and workshopped by the corporate after which delivered in a diverting stream of consciousness by the ensemble.
Largely two-handers, the vignettes vary from seconds-long snippets to fully-fleshed scenes, overlaying a variety of topics, circumstances and certainly humanity. Although there’s no direct connection main from one to the subsequent to the subsequent, one of many performers normally sticks round to be within the subsequent interplay, suggesting one thing of a La Ronde-esque connectivity on a macro stage. There’s an inclination in direction of the comedian which appears like an apposite alternative for probably the most half, although moments of refined grace and pathos find yourself registering extra.
So from chatty Cathys within the checkout queue to boastful financiers teeing off, disgruntled wedding ceremony invitees to painters discussing odd methods with animals, the variability is whole and the affect thus scattergun. Some scenes dissolve into nothing, some veer slightly too near mockery of its topics, some enscapsulate societal malaise stunning (the loneliness of the prescription man is heartbreaking) however for me, the most effective are these which take us slightly unexpectedly. Not remembering who Rufus is made me chuckle and the unexpectedly resonant chat about cheese works completely in its quiet surety (I feel I might watch an entire play primarily based on that dialog!).
It’s on this cumulative impact of digging into the emotion in these exchanges that the present good points its energy, pointing virtually in direction of a Caryl Churchillian approach of probing into concepts about the best way we talk with one another and certainly what we predict we get away once we suppose nobody else is listening. If extra of the vignettes had been developed in an analogous method, One other Eavesdropping has the potential to be one thing fairly profound. In the intervening time it’s just a bit too haphazard to be greater than amusingly nice.