The premise of George Johnston’s Snapshot is actually a very clever one. Short sharp set pieces that eventually link together as the play unfolds and by the use of a red light as if it is offering a warning that something is being developed akin to a darkroom then a burst a white light as the sequence begins.
Director James McAndrew very tight direction adds to the 75 mins of pure adrenaline fuelled theatre. This is a play about one human controlling another, the power of sexual attraction and manipulation of human emotions. Like the speed of a camera shutter opening and closing Snapshot is performed by 4 very capable actors. Bruce Kitchener as Frank a predatory sugar daddy that basically thinks he can pay to be unlonely. Zoe Labrakis as an equally predatory Olivia who won’t accept and believe she let the man of her dreams get away when he was going through his straight period and by sleeping with him again once he was in a relationship with Boyfriend Daniel, played by Joey Akubeze and gladly telling Daniel so , hoping that would have the desired effect of winning him back. Extra acting honours do have to go to Brian Martin as James whose performance is a profound one. His performance is a strong one and clearly acts as the lynchpin as his role plays out. The need for acceptance , belief that relationships are important and should not be a power struggle and what could happen when you find yourself in a desperate situation are all handled well in a play that clearly offers a snapshot on contemporary modern living. 4 very good character studies superbly linked where recollections and the eventual outcome offer food for thought .
4 stars runs to the 10th June www.thehopetheatre.com Box office 0333 666 3366