Saturday, 26 March 2016
Theatre review: Raz
Shane maintains a show of strength for the most part, taking his cocktail of drugs and booze in an order he's carefully planned out to have the maximum effect, but his front is occasionally punctured when he keeps spotting an ex-girlfriend he claims to no longer have feelings for.
Cartwright Sr's verse drama is full of interesting and highly individual turns of phrase that mix the lyrical with the down-to-earth, and Anthony Banks' production keeps things simple, allowing Cartwright Jr to bring the piece alive largely on charm. Perhaps it's an inevitable downside of seeing so much theatre, though, but well-done though Raz is it doesn't feel as if it offers much new insight; and while it ultimately has a political point to make - that Shane and his friends' boozing and drug-taking is all that's left for them to do after the government have taken away every other hope - Cartwright Sr does rather awkwardly crowbar that point in.
Raz by Jim Cartwright is booking until the 16th of April at Trafalgar Studio 2; then continuing on tour to Salford, Scarborough, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Wakefield.
Running time: 55 minutes straight through.
Photo credit: Oliver Rosser