The absurdity of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot was comically brought to life by SSA Drama Section last night. Performing in The Edge, a rather hidden space in the grounds of Alderbrook School, SSA Drama have already delighted audiences last week with their modern interpretation of The Importance Of Being Earnest. Continuing their celebration of iconic works, Waiting For Godot is the second offering of the month.
A sparse stage greets us; there is just a lone, grey tree and a stump. It is clear that the focus is all on the actors; their acting prowess is firmly in the spotlight tonight. The show begins, much like a two-hander. Quick exchanges between Vladimir (played by Steve Eagles) and Estragon (played by Simon King) are riddled with sprinkles of humour, as we learn that they are waiting for Godot, an elusive character to say the least.
Their exchanges are fantastically broken by the entrance of Jack Bushell and Liam Thorley, playing Pozzo and Lucky respectively. Bushell shines as the verbose Pozzo, combining humour and mania he flawlessly captured the crazed character. Matched exceedingly well with Thorley, playing the hunched servant, Thorley didn’t falter. Only having one monologue in the whole play, his disjointed thinking was beautifully depicted and rightly took centre stage.
Aside from a few nervous hiccups in the second half, the show was well-crafted and led confidently by Steve Eagles and Simon King. Eagles and King made for a superb pairing, effortlessly portraying the oddly charming Vladimir and Estragon. Directed by Thom Faulkner and Jack Bushell (making his directing debut), they have picked a show that not only challenges the actors, but also showcases the talent of the creatives behind the show.
Make sure to catch Waiting For Godot at The Edge this week, running until Saturday 22 August.
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