Our Saturday begins with a play – First Class, by James Beagon, at midday at the Laughing Horse @ Espionage. Good news is that the play has won the Buxton Fringe award for New Writing, so that’s an encouraging sign! Here’s the description: Three lives, three choices, three trains. As seemingly unconnected people commute to Manchester Piccadilly for their own reasons, hidden stories of loss, guilt and devotion are firmly exposed and unveiled. Lydia, the destitute mother, Jack, a stress-ridden schoolteacher and Rachel, a struggling sportswoman are all on-board, each dwelling on the choices that led them down these tracks. Yet it soon becomes clear that their journeys are not as innocuous as they first seem.
Sounds intriguing! It’s performed by Relief Theatre’s Joe Walsh, Maddie Haynes, and Erin Elkin. Not quite sure what to expect, but I’m hoping for an intelligent weaving together of separate threads to create one satisfactory whole. I’ll put up our instant reactions around 1pm if I can, but our next show is only fifteen minutes later (but it is in the same venue). If not, it’ll be around 2.15pm. You’ll also be able to read the preview for the second show of the day.
Utterly brilliant piece of writing, merging three stories into one – very moving, at times quite scary, highly emotional – we both loved it. Great performances from all three cast members. Not remotely surprised it won that writing award! Highly recommended.
PS I’ve written a fuller review of First Class here if you’re interested!