by a previous member of Abingdon Drama Club Lee Woodward - Txt-Life
was chosen by Tristan Kerr as his debut production for the club. It was
a good choice being well written with a tight plot and well drawn characters
who draw us remorselessly into their intrigues.
The two "friends", Liz Adams as Vicky and Mike Ward as Ray, find their
friendship is increasingly under strain as Ray pursues his obsession with
Karen by text messages. In the original production, I understand, the
messages were displayed as text on a screen. For this production Tristan
introduced a brilliant device - a third character, played by Jon Crowley,
who pops up in the most unlikely places to verbalise the texts being exchanged
giving them much more life and impact. The relationship deteriorates as
Vicky attempts to win Ray for herself by using his mobile to send texts
to Karen. It all backfires and Vicky is abandoned by all with even her
boyfriend (played by Simon Reed), who comes on stage from within the audience,
rejecting her in the end.
Congratulations to all for an entertaining evening.