Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Product at Outpost Theatre Review- New Model Theatre | LittleEllieMae


I've always been a big advocate for new theatre, especially when that talent is local to my community. So when Zoe, producer of New Model Theatre, got in touch to tell me all about the new Outpost theatre season at Ocean Studios at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth, I was thrilled. 

The Outpost 2016 Rep Company consists of four incredibly talented local professional actors and a local designer who created 'A Doll's House', 'Product', and 'Foundations', Alongside this, three touring productions also featured at this season of Outpost including 'Eurohouse', 'The Man Who Would Be King' and 'Don't BAME It On Us'. Two family shows, 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'Much Ado About Puffin' also feature for day- time showings. 

Unfortunately I couldn't make it to their opening night with their production of 'A Doll's House' but I did manage to make a trip back home to catch their show 'Product'. 

'Product' is a New Model Theatre own production, written by Mark Ravenhill. 

It follows the relationship between a director, James, and his (potential) leading lady for his upcoming film. The play is a constant running monologue by James- an outpour of passion and enthusiasm for his latest plot line, whilst his leading lady remains silent in anticipation/ confusion/ shock throughout. 

James' outlandish plot line for his film includes a young business woman falling in love with a suicide bomber. There are absolutely no limits to his plot and the ridiculousness of it all makes it laughable and thoroughly enjoyable. 

Ben Kernow plays James with such a charming charisma. He's totally camp and eccentric which brings a real comedic aspect to his taboo- ridden story of terrorism, sex and ruining Disneyland.

Tessa Mason played the silent role of Olivia, the leading lady. Although she had no dialogue in the play, her character shone with personality which I found impressive. 

 An aspect I thought was interesting was the choreography. During the fantastical scenes of the play when James and Olivia acted out parts of the plot, they both moved in synchronization, much like a dance routine that summed up the symphony of the creative process between director and actor. This was complemented by the simple yet effective lighting which acted in sync to movement. At the click on a finger, the lights turned off. Although it was very much a simple piece, the attention to detail was great. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the show. I adore the space Outpost have utilised at Ocean Studios at Royal William Yard. The exposed stone walls and high ceilings with wooden beams are beautiful and the small space makes it seem more intimate and immersive than other pieces I've seen.  


My first experience with Outpost season with New Model Theatre has been great and I wish I could've caught more of their season which runs until the 30th October! I can't wait to see what they do next.

Ellie Mae x

Disclaimer: I was kindly invited to the show by New Model Theatre but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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