12:23 PM October 4, 2022
How life and love can push us ahead and maintain us again is on the coronary heart of this tragi-comic drama set in a Cromer café.
Time and Tide tells the story of teenager Nemo (Josh Barrow), who is about to go away for London to review drama and his finest buddy Daz (Ishmel Bridgeman), who’s much less eager on the thought.
Combined in are the dilemmas dealing with Could (Erin Geraghty) – proprietor of the café they each work in – and her bread provider Ken (Paul Lavers), whether or not to flee or struggle the onslaught of chain operators.
James McDermott’s script is impressed by a few of his personal experiences working in a café in Holt, though we will solely hope for the sake of his clients there was higher meals hygiene within the real-life model.
A younger man stands behind a restaurant counter on the set of the play Time and Tide.
The tales of gamble, danger and remorse that swirl across the set are properly instructed although, and we shortly discover ourselves sympathising with the characters and hoping for pleased resolutions.
The script can be peppered with some nice jokes, each verbal and bodily, and multi-layered metaphor that largely manages to point out its hand with out slapping us concerning the face.
Barrow’s efficiency is the centre of this tight-knit present.
I nervous at first that we might be getting a fairly cliched homosexual teen, however we get extra nuance and depth because the play settles down.
There’s much less subtlety from Bridgeman, however partly as a result of the script offers him much less to work with.
Geraghty is heat and fascinating as proxy father or mother Could, although her Norfolk accent does wander a bit of.
No such problem for Lavers (nonetheless fondly remembered domestically for his time as Anglia TV’s Mr Midnight) who reminds of his stage pedigree with a lightweight and charming comedian efficiency.
Director Rob Ellis retains issues pacey, with good use manufactured from Caitlin Abbott’s compact set.
It’s an enticing and emotional story, and one we will all empathise with: the excessive and low tides of affection and need, and whether or not or to not dip our toes within the water – uncertain if we’ll sink or swim.
Time and Tide East Anglia upcoming tour dates: Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, October 4-5; The Seagull, Lowestoft, October 6; Sheringham Little Theatre, October 7-8; Wells Maltings, October 10; The Corn Corridor, Diss, October 11; St Georges Theatre, Nice Yarmouth, October 12; The Carnegie, Thetford, October 13; Fisher Theatre, Bungay, October 14; Norwich Theatre Stage Two, October 18-23.