Meet Me At Dawn at Hope Mill.
We were very excited to return to the lovely Hope Mill Theatre after way too long an absence, for Meet Me At Dawn from HER productions, written by Zinnie Harris.
This was a very arresting sight from the start, a simple stage set which in turn showed versatility and depth during the changing lighting of the performance which reflected the emotions and mood of the piece.
The story is told of two people who realise they are together after a traumatic incident and are reacting very differently.
This scene then moves into an account of the relationship and a slow realisation of something nobody wants to face.
This is a crystallised portrait of how loss and grief has so many facets and is many layered not just an end point.
There was confusion, rage, despair, frustration, irritation, love, and resolution portrayed so very simply it was exquisite. I held my breath at several points.
Painful at times to witness and set minds racing with thoughts about loss and relationships, friendships in the present and past.
The audience were rapt all the way through and the end scene was just perfect.
Lighting and sound were wonderfully atmospheric and evocative.
The production was all the more effective for it’s simplicity.
Would also like to acknowledge the lovely FOH staff who were delightful and the COVID appropriate modifications in both the auditorium and bar area which did not detract at all. What a lovely evening.
Christine Ince for Canal St Online.
Published: 27-May-2021 (6233)