I feel I should apologise in advance for this review because I do not feel that any review I could write can possibly do this beautiful new play by Tom Holloway justice. So deep are the feelings it created, I still felt heartbroken hours after - not even watching Usain Bolt win gold could stop me crying.And No More Shall We Part stars Dearbhla Molloy and Bill Paterson as Don and Pam; probably two of the most believable and likeable characters I have seen on stage, which makes it all the more heart-rending. They are married, have children who have moved away and show all the signs of being a couple who have lived together their whole lives.
I do not want to give away the plot, as the moment I realised what was going to happen, or what was happening was a large part of my heartbreak and I felt it was happening to me. Their love is undeniable.
The set is wonderfully simple – a bed, a chair a lamp and then on a turn table, which effectively turns back time, takes you through the door and back to a table with chairs. But then, the play is so stunningly written and Don and Pam so admirably acted that one does not need the grandeur of a busy set to set the mood.
Ok, so this might not be suited to those who are just in Edinburgh to see comedy. This is their chance to stop limiting themselves and to actually experience something unforgettably beautiful. Please go.
And No More Shall We Part
Until 26 August (not 13 & 20)
Picture: Robert Workman
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