Sunday Morning at
the Centre of the World
One Sunday morning, a cast of six depict
the lives of a multitude of characters living in Earlsfield - the
centre of the world, in the recent past. They are a rich mixture
of old and young, posh and otherwise, ethnic and cockney. It is an
age of contradictions, mad political correctness, parochialism, and
remarkable productivity. Theirs is a world where wearing black at
funerals is banned because it is racialist, and one character (cigarette
in hand) sports a T-shirt bearing the words, Our healthier nation.
To be philosophical about life is not to think too much about it.
The play exposes the texture of a community in change, and so is probably
as good a centre of our world as any: here be the people that
make the city new, they proclaim.
Individually there are particularly strong performances from Andy King and Amara Karan, who effortlessly switch from role to role, and betray none of the self-consciousness occasionally perceptible in other members of the cast. Amara Karan commands particular stage presence. As a narrator, she brings out with a clarity of tone the rhythms and poetry in the piece. She is a captivating storyteller, and so ensures the play is a pleasure to watch and to hear.
By Stephanie Kitchen 11.06.02