Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
Together with my husband we spent an intriguing evening last night watching The Last Time We Saw You, a new play by Bradley Barlow. The play is performed by Pitchy Breath Theatre Company, a community theatre company based in Crawley bringing a real local flavour to the performance.
The performance of The Last Time We Saw you was held in the Studio at The Hawth, a small auditorium within the main theatre which perfectly suits a small production such as this. With a full cast of thirteen the play tells the story of Darren and his friends and their fateful holiday 13 years ago. When Darren’s girlfriend, Becky, goes missing after a night out drinking the blame is automatically centred on him. After a tough start in life Darren’s bad boy image comes back to haunt him when on learning he has been in prison and young offenders several times before he becomes the prime suspect. Although a body is never found Darren gets convicted to life in prison for the murder of Becky. 13 Years later he earns an appeal and the case is once again brought to court. The production tells the story of everyone he knows, from his so called friends, to school teachers, prison officers and police.
As we delve deeper into the story its obvious someone is lying, but who, and why. The evidence against Darren is fairly flimsy and becomes more questionable as the play goes on. The 20 minute interval leaves you time to question each storyline yourself and decide who, if anyone is telling the truth. With a lot of people keeping secrets the production keeps you thinking throughout and although I guessed correctly who had done it the reason why was a real surprise.
We saw this production at The Hawth in Crawley which is easy to get to and has plenty of free parking. The bar area is comfortable and relaxing and well stocked with both drinks, snacks and ice creams. You can also book a pre-theatre meal making for a fantastic night out.
My husband and I really enjoyed this production from Pitchy Breath Theatre Company and would definitely attend any future performances of theirs. Brilliantly performed by the cast the story is intense in parts and humorous in others making the perfect compromise for a relaxing evening at the theatre. Fine acting skills and an intriguing storyline really brought this play by Bradley Barlow alive. Highly recommended.
Tickets cost £10 (booking fees may apply).
The Last Time We Saw You is at The Hawth in Crawley from 4-6 April 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636