As a hopeful future journalist I jumped on the opportunity to watch new talent shine on my door step. For £3 on the door I was very pleased to allow my analytical tendencies run free and somehow find meaning in the actor’s Sonic the Hedgehog T-shirt.
I was invited by a friend of a friend to witness the most frightening, dark and thought-provoking play I’ve seen since The Wedding Singer musical. Maybe that’s not saying a great deal but it’s not often I get invited to watch plays. The play I’m mumbling about is ‘Ransom’ a work in progress by Steven Blackshaw whose talented is being squandered folding clothes in TK Maxx. The play itself explored the battle between good and evil within everyday people and challenged us to judge the characters personalities for ourselves. Was the man in the sonic t-shirt good or evil? I’m still not sure. Full of mystery and twists all 15 of us in the audience were practically on the floor. The play was performed at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on 10/04/2012 courtesy of ‘Write on Tap’ a fabulous company that is giving people like Steven a chance to shine. Every Tuesday for several weeks this dingy old man’s pub that smells faintly of broken dreams and eau de retirement becomes a haven for potential genius and future stars.
By Rachel Byrne