posterTwo by Jim Cartwright.


Set in a north country pub owned by a bickering husband and wife, Two by Jim Cartwright is a series of short vignettes skilfully combining pathos with humour. During the course of the evening an assortment of customers pass through the pub, all 14 characters are played by two actors and Mark Burman and Lucy J Elliott proved a worthy duo to set before us the many pieces of flotsom and jetsam which are part of daily life.

Versatility is an essential requirement and an ability to change colour and character with little or no visible properties. All was evident in two confident and professional performances. In the Studio of Harlow Playhouse for some 90 minutes we were totally absorbed by the lively mobility displayed by the two young actors who are fast moving up the ladder to fame. Michael Philips directed and Dave Mason was in charge of technical arrangements.

Phyl Romeril, May 10, 2001