From 01 August 2012 to 26 August 2012
Review by Graeme Strachan
On Nazi-held Jersey during WWII, a young girl named Eva falls in love with a German soldier. In a fractious manner, her story is told amidst the confusion of other fragments of life going occurring in the community. The play jumps around chronologically to cover the origins and secrecy of their tryst to the inevitable end of their doomed love.
Given the worthy subject matter, and an interesting take on the period and setting, it's unfortunate that the piece feels overcomplicated and threadbare at the same time.
The staging is well accomplished with the cast sitting at each side or freezing on-stage mid-motion while one set of players act out a scene. They act almost as a physical embodiment of a chorus, however it's the story that lacks, as the confusing chronology is bafflingly jumpy, especially as it takes nearly half the play to establish the characters and their relationships with each other.
The acting on the other hand is very credible, leaving a sense of disappointment that the overall effect feels so passingly vague.