When day becomes night, that moment of dusk can cause human emotions and subsequent reactions to run riot creating a whirlwind and stir up feelings that can completely unravel. right before your eyes. This is the case with Kevin Elyot final play . A very evocative 75 mins of theatre that features 5 actors who are so immersed in their roles that the message of this play is sensationally delivered, proving how powerful our past can be in the present. A very special mention has to be made of Adam Garcia who plays Skinner and a second role that of the gardener. His predatory body language and his masculine presence on the stage are very powerful and when in scenes with his fellow actors he shines. In Twilight Song. Elyot also shows he can write very funny comedy moments including a gag about fellow playwright John Osbourne , ‘kitchen sink drama’ Look Back in Anger which were becoming very popular in the early 1960’s the other time period the play is set in. The play also allows Bryony Hannah who plays Isabella to excel in a role that is so perfect for her. She brings a tenderness to her part that beautifully examines the harshness of regret and unfulfilled dreams.
The use of music in the play from Chopin to Elvis adds a very important dimension to the pace of the play and increases the melodrama with astonishing effect. This is a magnificent piece where as a jigsaw puzzle the last 10 minutes bring all the pieces together. Mr Elyot uniqueness as a playwright has never been in question and his ability to create a sophisticated situation is superb. for his Twilight Song I will sing it’s praises.
Runs to the 12th August , Park Theatre box office 020 7870 6876 parktheatre.co.uk