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Waterloo East Theatre



Waterloo East Theatre

Reviewed – 22nd October 2019



“the energy peters out as the story, which is somewhat predictable, unfolds”


‘Afterglow’ first appeared at the Davenport Theater in New York and boasted the longest run the theatre had seen. Its UK premiere was at Southwark Playhouse, and now it is being reborn, here at the Waterloo East Theatre. It is a play about the possibilities of consensual non-monogamy, and the complication of love that stretches in too many directions.

The central characters are three men, but it avoids gay stereotypes – a purposeful decision by the writer not to talk about the AIDS crisis, coming out, homophobia and so on. In this way the story is a very universal one, a married couple, a younger lover, a decision to be made. We know this narrative well.

S. Asher Gelman certainly has a lovely knack for creating conversational dialogue, that feels based in reality. There is certainly a fascinating discussion to be had here, and the stage is a wonderful place for it, about the possibilities and challenges of non-monogamy. This play offers the beginnings of that, it just doesn’t quite get there. The play begins with an explosive start, in the midst of our characters’ first threesome together, but the energy peters out as the story, which is somewhat predictable, unfolds.

Peter McPherson plays Alex, the accommodating and then jealous husband left out of this new love. He is the strongest and most believable of a cast that is overall too weak to carry the production. In defence of the actors, the characters are predominantly one dimensional, but with the exception of McPherson’s performance, there is little to emotionally engage with onstage. The relationship between Darius (Benjamin Aluwihare) and Josh (Adi Chugh) lacks chemistry, and the accents of both these actors are off which is a constant distraction.

The versatile set (Libby Todd) which moves from bed to massage parlour to roof garden is clever in its possibility. The onstage shower is the jewel in its crown, a fantastic visual, filling the space with steam and water. Overlaying this is light (designed by David Howe) pouring through the shape of blinds or window panes, heavily evocative of so much cinema set in New York and so immediately transportive. As the set is changed, heavy beats punctuate, something that initially works really well but as the scene changes gets longer becomes a monotonous thud.

This is a subject matter that could create a really engaging drama onstage, but the production and its script, fail to meet this latent potential.


Reviewed by Amelia Brown

Photography by Darren Bell



Waterloo East Theatre until 24th November


Previously reviewed at this venue:
Doodle – The Musical | ★½ | January 2018
Unburied | ★★★★★ | March 2018
Romeo & Juliet | ★★ | June 2018
Liberty Rides Forth! | ★★★★★ | October 2018
A Christmas Story | ★★★½ | November 2018
The Greater Game | ★★ | November 2018
Summer Street | ★★★ | May 2019
Eigengrau | ★★★★ | September 2019


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Dubailand – 4*



Finborough Theatre

Opening Night – 6th February 2017



“An extremely captivating and enormously enjoyable show”


Set in and around the high rise building sites of Dubai, Carmen Nasr’s thought provoking work explores the contrast between the glittering, almost hedonistic lifestyle of those inhabiting the emirate and the stark reality endured by those building  it.

The play explores the plight of the underpaid and poorly treated workforce, mainly migrants from India hoping to create a better life for their families back home. Alongside these workers are the ex-pats, living the dream and making huge amounts of cash by selling the luxury lifestyle to others.

Between these two opposite sides comes Clara (Miztli Rose Neville), a feisty young journalist and former close friend of Jamie (Nicholas Banks) one of the marketing team or a ‘Creative Digital PR Specialist’ as he calls himself. Under the guise of being a shopping correspondent covering an exhibition, she seeks to uncover the truth behind the alarming amount of workplace ‘accidents’ and deaths; a path that will lead her to betray her friend and expose herself to danger.

The design of the show (Bex Kemp) is incredibly simple yet remarkably effective. Who’d haev thought a few two feet square perspex boxes could be so adaptable? Subtle lighting (Robbie Butler) and a skillful use of sound (Jack Burton) alongside a few basic props take us effortlessly between scenes, whether we’re atop a skyscraper with the workers or out enjoying the indulgence of a boozy bar scene.

The two featured workers are portrayed well by Adi Chugh (as Amar) and Varun Sharma (as Tanveer), allowing the audience to feel their pain from the loves and lives they’ve left behind.  It’s fair to say that the whole cast were believable and put on a deft performance; Nicholas Banks giving a particularly strong and perceptive portrayal of Jamie.

The show itself is very believable. It’s a situation which everyone knows goes on, but it’s more convenient and lucrative to brush it under the carpet.

This is a well researched piece and extremely engaging to watch. A credit to the writer and director (Georgie Staight) and the cast. Definitely in need of a longer run.




Production Photography by Tim Hall



 Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road,

London SW10 9ED


Box Office 0844 847 1652   Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 February 2017.

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm.

Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions. (Group Bookings – 1 free ticket for every 10 tickets booked.)

Performance Length: Approximately 90 minutes with no interval.


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