By Jane Sacree
It takes a lot, lately to tempt me out on a Saturday evening. The days are short and as the dark settles around me I am magnetically drawn to me sofa, curtains closed, fire on and Strictly on the TV. But I do enjoy live theatre and The Courtyard is a lovely place to be when it's full to capacity with and excited crowd, some there to enjoy the latest pantomime, and some there, like me, to experience The Slip, a revealing and mesmerising play from Reaction Theatre Makers.
The programme handed to us as we arrive explained clearly what was to come. "originally inspired by the Marge Piercy's novel Women on the edge of time, The Slip tells the tale of zoe who whilst battling with anxiety and in turn with her marriage, experiences the future of the very town in which she lives. Lundwich sits on the coast; it is at risk of collapsing into the sea. The Slip explores stormy relationships and tempestuous seas; it questions the breakdown of communication and ask 'what if? what could happen next? What does the future holds?."
The play opens with a DJ transmitting a radio show, weaving a spell around this intimate theatre and drawing everyone into Zoe's live. From the outset it was clear she had a problem. She portrayed a woman striving to preserve the illusion of normality but for whom life had...slipped. There had clearly been other slips and the tension 'slipping' can evoke in relationships was played out beautifully by Zoe's husband, Liam , as in turn he was cautious, angry and then relieved as he reassured himself his wife wasn't after all, 'on one', his term for a bout of depression.