Our first piece of theatre for the week is Saturday Night Forever, produced by Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Joio, at the Underbelly Med Quad, Teviot Place, (Cow Barn) at 19:10 on Saturday 20th. Here’s what it’s about: “A roller coaster ride through Cardiff’s nightlife as gay man Lee breaks up with one lover and resolves never to fall in love again. But when Lee receives an invitation to a friend’s house-warming everything seems ripe for change and it only takes seven hours, a bottle of vodka and the devil on his shoulder for him to break his promise and fall back into the arms of a new admirer. Follow Lee on a journey through the wreckage of past relationships and the early stages of a promising new love affair, but nothing lasts forever.”
It’s hard to tell from that description whether this will be comic or tragic – maybe a blend of the two? I’m presuming the title refers to that brilliant song on the Pet Shop Boys’ Bilingual album. The play’s an hour long, so check back after 8.25 pm to see what it was like, and by then the next preview blog should be available to read too.
A stunning performance by Delme Thomas that really holds your attention from the very start to the very end. Funny, sad and incredibly moving, this is both a tale of a Saturday night that goes terribly wrong and also an insight into how prejudice and homophobia can destroy lives. Highly recommended. Take Kleenex.