I LOST MY VIRGINITY TO CHOPIN’S NOCTURNE IN B-FLAT MINOR
Pleasance Courtyard (V33)
July 31st to August 26th
⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 stars)
This show fizzes from the first seconds. The set is strewn with clothes, there is only a box to sit on, and the home owner’s life has clearly not gone as he might have wished for this to be the setting. The couple rush in, carrying within them the argument and heated feelings that have brewed during an evening out with her parents.
There is no point in this show during which you might be tempted to wander off in thoughts to your own life – you are riveted to the situation unfolding in front of your eyes. He is Ollie, played by Sebastian Gardner, who also wrote the play. He is privately educated, but that has not resulted in opportunities. He shuns certain forms of advancement and is a teaching assistant. He is defensive and needy, but also quick to flare up and is not lacking pride.
The parents had been eating at a Wetherspoons, and they are definitely working class, something of which their daughter Laura (played by Lily Sinko,) is anything but ashamed, and she has a solid professional job. She gives a very spirited performance and eruptions of argument and moments of peace making flow speedily between the two characters. They seem perhaps to flourish in this hothouse atmosphere; will there come a point where they go over the edge?
The play is cleverly structured and never flags. We hope these two will have patience and understanding towards each other, but soon they are off again, in what is a richly comic and acutely observed piece of theatre. Get along and laugh and be drawn into a finely delineated storm of a relationship. And we do get to see a point to the title.