A Substitute for Life
This solo performance features Tim Hardy portraying Francis Kenworthy, the younger son of a brutal 19th century aristocrat.
Surrounded by his library, books being A Substitute for Life, he languidly relates a tale of an almost unnoticed existence.
Under Alison Skilbeck's direction, Hardy relishes the language, stammering over every "b" and sounding eminently bookish.
What largely comes over as a description of lazy life amongst the landed gentry transforms in the latter stages, following a tragedy that the company has requested should not be detailed in reviews or by word of mouth.
The event makes the final minutes unexpected and thoroughly intriguing.
Reviewer: Philip Fisher