One of Those at the Tristan Bates Theatre
Ever sat and had an in-depth conversation with a stranger on a train? Probably not, because there is, of course, an unwritten rule that Londoners don’t communicate on trains – but it is exactly this type of norm and expectation that Tom Ward-Thomas sets out to challenge in his play, One of Those.
Set on a train between London and Penzance, the audience is presented with five characters and three very different relationships: the two young prospective lovers who meet for the first time, the middle-aged married couple and the husband and his mistress. Soon we learn that their lives are all interwoven and we ourselves are taken on a journey of heartbreak and ensuing hilarity.
The piece is an exploration of normal people and their unseen complexities, which aren’t always evident from first glance. It gently challenges conventions and the ease with which people judge one another, without delving too deep or asking overly complex questions about society.
The script is engaging and full of witty exchanges and one-liners that crack the audience up time and again. Each character has their own style of humour, making them all relatable in a different way and each relationship explores different stereotypes concerning age and background.
The piece is exceptionally well cast and there is a great dynamic between the actors throughout. Tom Ward-Thomas himself provides a standout performance in the role of James, delivering his lines with perfect comedic timing and rendering the character immediately likeable.
One Of Those is easy-viewing, laugh-out-loud entertainment from start to finish. Definitely one to watch for a relaxed, fun evening out.
One of Those is on at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 26th January until 13th February 2016, for further information or to book visit here.