Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Theatre review: Bomber's Moon
Following family problems David has recently rediscovered his Catholic faith, but as he nears the end of his life Jimmy remains unconvinced that there's anything on the other side.
William Ivory's play builds up a spiky and entertaining relationship across the generations between the two men, and Bolam and Shepherd have some nice chemistry. As we find out more about them in the present day, flashbacks to Jimmy's days as an RAF gunner during World War II fill us in on where his attitude in later life came from. Faith becomes the central theme of Bomber's Moon, although the topic is dealt with by the play itself with a lightness of touch its characters aren't always capable of.
There's some neat little reversals of expectation in a piece that isn't earth-shattering, but is quietly moving (though it would probably be more so without the unnecessary interval breaking its flow.)
Bomber's Moon by William Ivory is booking until the 11th of May at Park Theatre 200.
Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes including interval.