By Iskandar R. Sharazuddin. Ellandar Productions & 45North. Adelaide Fringe. Holden Street Theatres. February 11 -23, 2020

UK based theatre companies Ellandar Productions and 45North have joined forces to bring us an illuminating tale of young love. As the title would suggest, it examines the remnants of a failed relationship, whilst dissecting the causes and behaviours associated with its breakdown.

Iskandar R. Sharazuddin has written a brutally honest and gripping script full of tender moments. Beautifully executed, Sharazuddin and his co-star Essie Barrow delve into the lies we tell ourselves when a relationship is tested. Not content to just breathe life into the words, director Jessica Rose McVay uses physical theatre to add depth to the story, with stunning results.

The flawless portrayal of this complex relationship is in part due to the fabulous chemistry between Sharazuddin and Barrow. Layered characters evoked empathy from an attentive audience and had us invested in the outcome.

From start to finish the play was like a well-choreographed dance. I was in awe of the strength of the performers as their bodies moved in unison.

Lighting and sound designer Will Alder did well not to overshadow the action. His choice of subtle sound effects, such as the heartbeat, was poignant.

I highly recommend this magical piece of theatre. Kudos to all!

Kerry Cooper

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