Tina Jay’s play HELD is a play of two acts the first act is called Walking and the second act is called Dog City and are both equally brutal and compelling. Actors Jack Brett Anderson and Anthony Taylor as Jamie and Sleat respectively both tackle very hard hitting and provocative material where society inside a prison still has a herachy that must be adhered too. Survival is based upon what you can do or be prepared to have done too you. Jay gives her characters back stories where society never gave people a chance they became victims of societies neglect, social depravation linked to drug dependency this is all raw stuff. This is also a story about social conditioning where the authorities at all cost must break the human spirit.. The sexual content of the play , male rape, need for friendship companionship are all handed with a real sensitivity especially in Act 2 where a very watchable and brooding Cal played by Duran Fulton Brown steals most of the scenes he is in. The salaciousness featured in the play could be described as slightly gratuitous but the theme here is predominately that power is a currency. That dependency on a fellow human being can be totally absorbing , complicated and very disturbing that could even lead to sexual paranoia This is a play that explores desperation. The juxtaposition of this play is actually brilliant where held in captivity or held in someones arms shows a conflict that proves how contrary life can be.
4 stars runs the 17th June, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP, email@example.com . 020 3841 6611