Triple Cross is a new show, written and directed by Centre Stage, Balsall Common group members Yaz Zahran and Malcolm Briggs. We follow the story of Jack Cross, his Dad, Richard and his Grandad, George Cross. There are tensions between the family because of Jack's life choices. Through flashbacks to the 1930s 1950s and 1970s we see the events that shaped George and Richard into the men they are today. We also see how history has a habit of repeating itself. Throughout, this drama is laced with songs from those eras.
With all of the flashbacks and different cast members playing the characters through the years, it could get confusing trying to follow the story. However, there are screens to remind you (if the costumes weren't enough) which year you are in, also between scenes there is year appropriate music playing to enhance the message further. The flashbacks are a neat idea to not only tell the story but also to add in historical details of the events at the time, there has obviously been some research done here.
The cast work hard, with some playing multiple characters and others ageing before our eyes. Joe Worall plays Jack cross as a typical rebellious 20 year old that lives for now. The close relationship between him and his best mate Sam (Ben MacSkimming) was a joy to watch. A stable and calming influence throughout was Julie Cross played by Linda Connor. Her emotional rendition of Wild Horses was a delight. It’s the women that are the strength and support behind the Cross men, the major factor in Jack's life is Charlotte, wonderfully portrayed and voiced by Emily Coles.
Amidst all the drama was a humour in the form of a delightful scene with Richard (Stifyn Baker) and Julie (Cheryl Braithwaite).
This production is both thought-provoking and enjoyable. It also goes to prove that you don’t need a big theatre and big budget to entertain an audience.
Centre Stage Balsall Common present Triple Cross at Heart Of England School, Balsall Common (see map below). For more information and to book tickets to this world premiere production, click here, or call 01676534220 for tickets.
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