Time and Tide, Park Theatre - ★★★★ - Until February 29, 2020


Sometimes the door to the future gets stuck and the question becomes is the past a trap or a home? Things are changing on Cromer Pier in Norfolk. The choices seem to be either adapt or move away, and in James McDermott's Time and Tide the characters are forced to face the future and themselves. May who is beautifully played by Wendy Nottingham must decide whether to sell her caff at the end of the pier and take up a new life. Nottingham subtly develops the character of a middle-aged woman who seems to have put her dreams on hold and now has another chance to change the course of her life. Her counterpart is Ken (Paul Easom) who is at ease with things as they are and regrets the changes taking place all around. Easom does a fine job of bringing to life a character that could have easily fallen into caricature. And then there's the younger generation. Nemo is hesitating about taking up his place at the university and abandoning his first love. Josh Barrow seemed to become increasingly comfortable with his character as he grows to a final decision about his future. On the other hand, Elliot Liburd seemed completely at home in the role of Daz as he moved from denial to desperation in his determination to hold onto things as they are. Finally, while the play seemed to offer a binary choice between staying in the past in Cromer or embracing the future elsewhere, we come to realise that the question may be more about being one's authentic self, regardless of time and place.

Reviewed by J.C.
Photo by Gail Harland.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆ 

Want to save on tickets? See our Tips page.

WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until February 29, 2020
Mon - Sat: 7:45 pm
Thu & Sat: 3:15 pm
Park Theatre
Nearest tube: Finsbury Park
https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/time-and-tide

Most Popular

Testament ★★★★ Via Brooklyn Theatre Co. (online) | Mar 27 - Apr 24, 2021

Disenchanted ★★★★ West End Musical Productions (online) | Apr 9 - 11, 2021

Sir John Soane's Museum: Guided Tour ★★★★★ FREE

Remembering the Oscars ★★★★ (online) | Mar 27 - Apr 17, 2021

Jina and the STEM Sisters ★★★★★ HMDT Music (online) | Mar 15 - Apr 11, 2021

Scaramouche Jones ★★★ Ginger Quiff Media (online) | Mar 26 - Apr 11, 2021

General Secretary ★★★ Thick 'n' Fast (online) | Apr 8 - 24, 2021

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, Park Theatre - ★★★★★ - Until January 4, 2020

Afterglow, Southwark Playhouse - ★★★★★ - Until July 20, 2019

Towards Zero, The Mill at Sonning - ★★★★★ - Until September 28, 2019

The City Life Magazine | Reviews & Ratings