A product of the COVID pandemic, and indeed themed around it, Rebecca Jade Hammond’s Right Where We Left Us is a raw insight into the collapse between two creatives, referred to merely as I and P. Brought to us by Cardiff’s Chippy Lane Productions stable, the play has two casts of only three actors, and the entire show takes place in a singular setting.
As a Cardiff native, it’s comforting to hear those distinct accents and mannerisms coming from the characters onstage. The central two characters had moved to New York City pre-pandemic, and had found sanctuary in Coney Island – on account of its similarities to Barry Island. With the thrill-seeking rides of these amusement parks a frequently-mentioned motif throughout the play, Right Where We Left Us becomes a rollercoaster in itself, with its dramatic waves of intense emotion followed by cathartic humour. The conversations flowed brilliantly: one could almost believe it wasn’t scripted at all.
Hammond’s ability to construct a complex narrative in the space of a singular setting was very impressive; moreover, you could really empathise with each character. Speaking to producer Tom Bevan after the show, it turns out that the second three-strong cast interpreted the script rather differently to the first (who I saw performing) – meaning the play’s atmosphere will change depending on which cast features. An innovative, perhaps even unique concept that makes it especially interesting to consider where Right Where We Left Us, and Rebecca Jade Hammond, might go next.
Right Where We Left Us, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Thurs 29 Oct
On until Wed 5 Oct. Tickets: £12/£10. Info: here
words RHIANNON FARR