theSpace on the Mile
20th August 2013
A short, succinct piece of early morning theatre worthy of getting up early for. 3BUGS Fringe Theatre’s well delivered retelling of one of Tennessee Williams’s hidden gems deals with a forbidden relationship, it’s breakdown and the view society has on this endeavour.
The Pink Bedroom tells the tale of a man and his mistress as they battle the feelings they have for each other with the reality of their situation. The acting is well carried out but the characters lack a sense of personality at times thus creating a wall between them and the audience. This also means that the emotion felt by the actors doesn’t rub off on those watching, creating a staged environment that does not feel realistic.
The direction is simple but fits the piece perfectly. The opening is slightly too drawn with no words uttered for a good few minutes after the house lights go down but it quickly speeds up into a well thought through piece. The most hard-hitting part of the production is not the idea of forbidden love but the idea of a woman lost in society that she doesn’t really understand. Whether this is the premise of the production or not, this interesting theme hits home very strongly.
The shortness of the piece is in some ways detrimental to its successes as the audience are not really given enough opportunity to get to know the characters, but that said 3BUGS have certainly done their best with an intriguing script.
The Pink Bedroom runs until the 24th August in rep with Wuthering Heights as part of The Morning After Season at theSpace on the Mile.