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My Romantic History
The first half of the ninety minutes without an interval tells the story from Tom's point of view. An avowed commitmentphobe Tom brags that he has never failed to make a girl ditch him by showing his more repellent traits. He compares life with Amy where she makes him smoothies and muesli for breakfast to being in a concentration camp run by Lorraine Kelly, an all round nice Scottish breakfast television presenter. He thinks back to his first love, kissing Alison Hamilton (also played by Alison O'Donnell), a girl he knew at school and met on the bus.
The second half is Amy's version of the same events in the office but features her early boyfriend Calvin Kennedy (also played by Iain Robertson). Rosalind Sydney works hard as Amy and Tom's work colleague, wide eyed Sasha who is a samba drummer at weekends and tries to get colleagues along to support the drumming event. Sasha's interest in Tom makes him say, "First Amy, then Sasha. I'm like catnip to the women of this office." Rosalind Sydney also plays a myriad of parts including Tom's male best friend from his schooldays Jessie.
Iain Robertson manages to make Tom likeable as well as selfish and Alison O'Donnell is very attractive as 33 year old biological clock ticking Amy. The use of slides and wall displays adds to the variety in this three hander and boxes are moved around to construct a double bed and also serving as pub chairs or office furniture. Lyndsay Turner's direction keeps the action moving and we never doubt which characters we are watching because of the excellence of the acting characterisations.
DC Jackson's natural writing pleases with much to laugh at but has enough pain for this romantic comedy to be realistically tinged with sadness. I liked the way the narratives are embellished with Tom's thoughts and Amy's too in their part of the story. My Romantic History was very popular at the Edinburgh Fringe and won several awards and has been extended a week at The Bush.
Retold by Tina Packer of Shakespeare & Co.
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