Carl’s Story at Tabard Theatre
Dysfunctionality comes in all shapes and sizes, be it in the workplace, on the job itself, or at home. But when the three collide together amidst the rifts and routines of everyday life, that is when the real hullaballoo begins. Such is the case for newspaper journalist Annie (Jenny Whiffen), who, like most rational human beings her age, must strike a balance between principle and pragmatism, ensuring that her domestic morals match up to her professional ones. When they don’t, instead going above, beyond and against that which is required from an individual who is in a supposedly healthy marital relationship, alarm bells start to ring. Before Annie knows it, close friend Beth (Emma Bernbach) is thrown into the equation and a polyamorous scenario imbued with dishonesty is born.
Set in a quaint art café, Carl’s Story sees Annie, her temperamental teenage daughter Darcy (Lucia Dean) and Beth frequenting the eatery on a number of occasions to have heated discussions on the very matters causing divisions within their family circle, all of which involve their beloved patriarch, Carl, who is at the forefront of these disputes.
Tackling themes such as guilt, youth and betrayal, this witty romantic comedy, written and directed by Gavin Miller, takes a stark look at loyalty, both to oneself and one’s loved ones, exploring the extent to which one can be compromised in the face of the other. With some sharp comedic moments throughout, the piece speaks some heartfelt, universal truths about life and its significant chapters; one quote that repeatedly comes to mind is: “Negativity is one of the privileges of youth. As you age you will realise the necessity to see the positivity in everything.” Looking back, this statement could not be truer.
Carl’s Story is at Tabard Theatre from 7th until 30th March 2019. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.