As you walk into the Etcetera theatre, you’re greeted with the actors already on stage, usually I’d say this is normally a good thing as it gives the viewers some insight into the characters, into their life’s, but this, unfortunately, did not. They all seemed to be stretching and I’m pretty sure one of the actors was reading a script and the usher was walking around, I’m still trying to decide what role he had to play as he wasn’t in the show at all.
Written and directed by Luke Culloty, the show focuses on two main character, Moria and Bheur who are beneath ground in a maximum security prison.
When Moria (Stella Richt) joins Heath (Molly Jones) in her cell, the conversation starts, without giving too much away, it’s instantly obvious that Moria is working with Bheur, the questions asked, trying to understand her. Richt needs to project her words, even sitting in a small theatre in the second row I found myself straining to hear.
I felt the script a little weak, and not quite sure why it would take 5 days to understand that there was something wrong with Heath who openly admits to killing people and enjoying it, I think more could be done with this.
Bheur, (Kirsty Terry), is monitoring the situation between the two inmates and occasionally makes some notes with a recorder, the delivery of lines to me felt more like she was talking the words of a rap song rather than a script.
Saying that, there were some twists in this performance that I did enjoy, and overall, not a bad storyline.
As far as new writing goes this defiantly has potential and at only an hour long, you don’t start getting antsy.
Jailbirds is currently on at the Etcetera Theatre until the 8th December 2018