Another Mercury Theatre production. (We’ve been incredibly lucky to live in a community that has its own professional repertory company.) Based on the play by R. C. Sherriff it is set in an officers’ quarters in the trenches during World War I. I found this particular play more engaging of my intellect rather than my emotions which was a little disappointing. The problem for me was I’ve seen all these characters before, they came across more a cyphers than fully rounded human beings. The greatest impact for me came from the scenery which was incredibly. The claustrophobia that was created was intense. The stage at the Mercury is both tall and deep yet the production managed to make the space disappear. The final dénouement managed to be quite shocking even though it was entirely obvious how things would end.
Current temperature: here 21C/70F, there 54F/12C