Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Theatre review: Plastic Figurines
And it's a sweet, gently moving and occasionally funny portrait in Adam Quayle's production (interestingly, Samuel described it on Twitter as showing "the beauty of Autism,") that knows this isn't a play full of fireworks but trusts its actors to bring it to life.
And so they do, Samuel coming up with a characteristically lovable and detailed portrayal of Mikey - there's a nicely sustained inability to make eye-contact with his sister, and a couple of great little moments when, against every instinct he has, he attempts to lie to spare her feelings.
Milner is also strong as the patient Rose, and apart from not feeling as if the "rules" Mikey has created for himself are that strongly defined - why does he have to be careful not to get a crumb of chocolate on his skin, but can eat sandwiches messily? - there's little to criticise here. I could have done without Greenhill ending it on a cliffhanger (I choose to take the final sound effect as answering the question) but overall Plastic Figurines feels like a highly personal, intimate piece, sensitively and compellingly staged.
Plastic Figurines by Ella Carmen Greenhill is booking until the 18th of April at the New Diorama Theatre; then continuing on tour to Hemel Hempstead, Bury, Hull, Halifax, Southport, Ellesmere Port, Wigan, Barnsley, Harrogate, Salford, Derby, Shrewsbury and Mold.
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes straight through.