*Disclaimer: I attended this play for free in exchange for blogging about the show.
The below opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.
This is Sam. Young, impulsive, single mum. Londoner born and bred and never ever left. Sam makes her mistakes, but who can blame her? Tom rents the flat above, the one Sam cleans. If they can come to ‘an arrangement’ he won’t call the Social on her. You might think Tom is a monster. You might think Sam’s kids would be better off without her. Someone needs to make a decision.
Shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and winner of the Soho Theatre Young Writer’s Award, Fury is a chilling and powerful modern Medea about motherhood and class, taking an unapologetic look at the single young mum, the one already judged before she’s even opened her mouth.
Being truly spoiled for choice when it comes to theatre in London it’s easy to overlook the smaller shows that come and go at many of the more artsy venues like the Hampstead or Soho Theatres. Luckily I get some cracking invites from the team at TheatreBloggers.co.uk for these and whenever I see certain shows I’m immediately reminded why, sometimes, it pays off to throw caution to the wind on an unknown performance.
That’s how I felt when I left the powerful matinée performance of Fury on Saturday after an hour spent completely captivated. With such a fast paced script it felt like it was a much longer performance but not once did my attention waver.
With only two real main characters in the show both Sarah Ridgeway (Sam) and Alex Austin (Tom) really carry it, supported beautifully by their trio of narrators who each strive to show a different viewpoint on the situations at hand much like would happen in society today.
Both Sarah and Alex take their characters on incredibly convincing journeys from what they first appear to be to something very different indeed. I actually quite liked Tom at the beginning and yet, by about halfway through I hated him with incredible passion for what he puts Sam through.
The staging is simple, yet clever and conveys the claustrophobia of the situation well by having the audience surrounding it on all four sides. Music also plays quite a big part in this play with the choices of some songs seeming quite strange and yet also completely perfect for the moment it’s enhancing.
As mentioned above I left this performance in awe of the powerful script, performances and hopefully a little less judgemental about people I don’t know. It was incredibly thought-provoking and I thoroughly recommend it to all. If you want to catch it, it’s running until the 30th July as part of Who Runs the World? Girls.