In the cosy and creative space of the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant, three actors tell a simple story in a straightforward manner. The piece follows young adult Tobes, played by energetic and present Dominic Jones, as he faces a close call with cancer. We see how this effects him physically and mentally; giving insight into the stress having a serious illness can have on relationships. Luke Norris' excellent writing also comments on the pressures of masculinity forced upon men, showcasing classic phrases such as 'man up'.
Directed by George Perrin, the style of the piece pays homage to Brechtian techniques by introducing the characters and scenes candidly and with a lack of facade. The actors multirole, and although naturalistic and humorous, there is often little distinction between each character. The pace of the piece feels stuck on a quick, and at times monotonous, loop. Despite these factors, the trio are comfortable with one another, with a relaxed and genuine chemistry. Like a cosy Welsh pub on a rainy day, Dafyyd Llyr Thomas endears with a subtle and warm energy.
Although there are certain limitations when touring the UK on a small budget - the piece lacks a clear aesthetic, with the only set being unused prop boxes and a 'Growth' sign that lies idle at the back of the stage. The piece could benefit from utilising another unique storytelling device to elevate it to another level. - Faye Butler