Review: Blue Orange at The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
PUBLISHED: 10:46 26 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:57 20 February 2013
Clare Bourke reviews the Olivier Award-winning play Blue Orange, starring Robert Bathurst, Gerard McCarthy and Oliver Wilson
Blue Orange at The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
Until September 29, 2012
By Clare Bourke
When there are only three actors in a play, you expect fantastic dialogue and slick acting - and thats exactly where Blue Orange delivered.
With only minimal props and staging, the emphasis was all on the acting with every nuance and every look captivating the audience from the off.
Although written by Joe Penhall 12 years ago, when it won an Olivier Award, a Critic's Circle Award and the Evening Standard Award for Best Play, Blue Orange remains as relevant today as it was then and this version directed by Christopher Luscombe is surely as delightful as the first time it was performed.
A young patient is nearing the end of his enforced 28 days as an inpatient at a psychiatric institution and expecting to be let out at any moment. His junior doctor Bruce has other ideas however as his patient seems convinced that a notorious military dictator is his father. While Bruce wants to do further tests and keep the patient in for longer, senior consultant Robert wants him back into the community in a bid to save costs.
What ensues is a battle of wits as the two fight over the right course of action for the patient, Christopher.
The audience at The Waterside were clearly riveted from the start by the sharp dialogue, excellent acting and brilliant characters portrayed by Robert Bathurst (Robert), Gerard McCarthy (Bruce) and Oliver Wilson (Christopher).
Blue Orange is touring until December and then heading for the West End where, if it is performed and received as well as it was at Aylesbury last night, it is sure to be a resounding success.
- The show runs until Saturday September 29, 2012. For tickets call the box office on 0844 871 7607 or book online at www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury