My Romantic History
The concept that Men are from Mars, Women Are From Venus proves all too true in DC Jackson’s Edinburgh festival hit, now getting a well-deserved London run.
Tom isn’t looking for commitment – and he certainly doesn’t want to find a serious girlfriend at his new office, but Friday night drinks end up in colleague Amy’s bed and lead to far more involvement than he ever intended.
Told first from his point of view, then from hers (and punctuated by rosy remembrances of teenage romance when Tom worshipped the unattainable Alison and Amy got it together with Calvin) the progress of their semi-relationship of misunderstandings and of his passive attempts to get ditched make for hilarious viewing.
Rosalind Sydney reveals true versatility as samba–drumming workmate Sasha and a host of other incidental characters, whilst Iain Robertson and Alison O’Donnell bring the main protagonists to all too convincing life in a snappy production played out on a set stashed with archived boxes ominously labelled “One Night Stands 2003-2004” and “Flings 1990-1991”. Yet there’s also something poignant in this tale of two unfulfilled thirty somethings and their almost accidental shag which makes this immensely enjoyable show far more than 90 minutes of witty cynicism
Bush Theatre, Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8QD
020 8743 5050
Tube: Shepherds Bush
Until 27 November
– Louise Kingsley