I am a writer and teacher, out and about in the world but with Nottingham never far from my heart.
Three plays on themes that touch us all
With the fuzzy-headedness of New Year now a (hopefully) distant memory, the imminent gems of the 2013 theatre calendar are becoming abundantly apparent.
One of those gems promises to be Freak/Staunch/Closure, a triple header of plays from writer Anna Jordan.
Appearing at Theatre503, a beguiling theatre positioned – conveniently – above the Latchmere Pub on Battersea Bridge Road, London, the three plays tackle a trio of themes that have fascinated and confounded playwrights and artists for centuries: love, sex and death.
Opener, Freak follows central character Georgie on a Freudian journey through the conflict between desire and a social obligation to repress certain aspects of our character, while Staunch muses on a seemingly incomplete relationship between a father and son.
The appropriately titled Closure centres on Eve's admission of love for Webster, bringing the triptych to its conclusion.
Billed as an exploration of "extraordinary moments in ordinary lives", Freak/Staunch/Closure seeks to hold a mirror up to events that all of us will encounter during the course of life. Like all the best art, Anna Jordan's work forces us to examine ourselves inwardly as well as take in events that are played out before us.
In only a few short years, Anna Jordan has built up an impressive and critically acclaimed body of work and has had plays showcased in venues around the capital. BENDER was featured at the Old Red Lion in Islington and received excellent reviews, while ShortStuff had a similarly well received run at Waterloo East Theatre.
Running from January 29th till February 2nd, Freak/Staunch/Closure is expected to garner similar attention from critics and theatregoers alike.