Storm in a Teacup at the Park Theatre
Based loosely around the work of 1900s Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov, Storm in a Teacup brings the concept of cartoon to the stage.
Centred entirely around three decrepit sisters in their rickety, beloved home, Storm in a Teacup is a story of false teeth and fortification, of deviousness and denial. The three sisters, Olga (Margot Courtemanche), Masha (Claire-Louise English) and Irina (Jo Sargeant) are facing eviction from their treasured abode, and despite their obvious physical debility, they decide to take on the bulldozers with determination and persistence (and all-important Dutch courage).
Hot Coals Theatre Ensemble have whipped up a small hurricane on the stage of the Park Theatre; their exaggerated performance bearing a striking resemblance to cartoon television shows such as the infamous Tom & Jerry.
With only a musical accompaniment, the minimal one-set stage creates a nearly blank canvas for the actresses to create their magic. Along with their director Alice Robinson, Hot Coals play about with the simplest of ideas, which encourage the audience to widen their imagination and stretch the realms of possibility into new unchartered waters.
The acting is spot on, with each of the three cast members taking on the specific characteristics of their unique old lady. The difference between each character creates the touching comic value that this play offers its audience.
While the idea and execution of Storm in a Teacup is very alternative to other theatre on offer, there is definitely room to explore different storylines: for example, mixing up the stage cartoon with contemporary storylines. Look forward to future performances by Hot Coals.
Storm in a Teacup is at the Park Theatre until 16th March 2014. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.