Locked Up ★★★★✰
The idea of the show itself wasn’t a new concept, however, Simpkin did well to portray confusion is the only human emotion running through underlaying layer of the performance.
The play starts with Declan (Samuel Ranger) pacing the floor, counting the square foot of his cell by counting his footsteps, they steps soon get longer before he starts to talk to whoever’s taking him.
As a whole Ranger was convincing as a confused young man, he did well to show that he was scared yet trying to remain as positive as possible, I was a bit concerned that with every line Ranger spoke, it seemed to end in a question mark where a question shouldn’t be asked.
Rangers character was finally joined by another captive, Topher (Conor Cook), a Comms Manager for a pharmaceutical company. Cook’s character added depth to the show and made the performance seem a bit more intimate. The story then continues as both characters try to understand why the other one is there.
The show explores many themes; trust, betrayal, friendship, but leaves me with the feeling that more could be done to make this show more gripping.
The story and the characters are well thought out, they have depth and were clearly worked on, but with the story, I could see a lot more twists and turns that were missed out in this otherwise gripping piece of theatre.
Directed by James McAndrew, the spilt between scenes added much of a needed dramatic feel to the otherwise static set.
The show had a nice spilt between comedy and drama which didn’t allow it to get too heavy, overall, for a debut, the play works well but I personally felt more could be added.
Locked up is currently showing at the Tristian Bates Theatre in London until the 28th July.