Theatre Review: Secret Lives of Humans @ New Diorama Theatre
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The latest piece of work from the New Diorama Theatre is an examination of what it means to be human. Set against the back-drop of Jamie’s (Andrew Strafford-Baker) family history, in which Ava (Stella Taylor), a budding anthropologist, interjects herself to reveal long-hidden family secrets, which are then contextualised to the entirety of human history. Image: David Monteith-Hodge Richard Delaney’s performance is consistent and fully-realised as Jacob Bronowski – key in shifting time-periods throughout and tying the story together as the ever-present narrator. Across the stage however, each actor appears to be in their own play; there is a distinct lack of relation between characters, and failure to build seemingly sincere connections. In large part, this stems from the script. The production feels like it has an agenda, which it uses the characters to put forward, however even this is unclear by the end. In doing so, it dilutes the individual voices, and makes the piece feel ‘on schedule’ to distribute the plot, at the sake of character development. Though the text is functional, the revelations throughout are neither surprising nor shocking.
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