Noël Coward's Still Life at the Space on the Mile is performed by young London theatre company ETC, and is an absolute gem of a show.
I chose to see this show purely on the basis of Still Life being the source material for Brief Encounter, one of my all-time favourite films. I’m so glad I made that choice, because this performance was, to quote one of the characters, “awfully nice” and a pleasure to watch.
Set in a railway station refreshment room, Still Life tells the story of a chance meeting which develops into a love affair. Alongside this central story, there are other tales of flirtations amongst the mundane day to day life of serving cups of tea and buns. The young cast all play their parts excellently, but the stars of the show are undoubtedly the actors playing Alec and Laura. They portray so beautifully, with wonderfully clipped accents, the couple who fall in love despite both being married, and the progressing of their relationship from cups of tea and trips to the cinema to the fateful day when, despite her initial reservations, Laura accepts Alec’s invitation to meet him in a friend’s flat.
This is a play which needs no gimmicks and the minimum of props (although I have to mention the pianist cleverly hidden behind the serving counter, who was providing the music through the performance), just simply good acting, and ETC were so very good in this production.
Review by Lisa Sibbald
Noël Coward's Still Life
theSpace on the Mile - Space 1
Aug 3-4, 6-11
Country: United Kingdom - England