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When It Rains Gasoline, Performing Arts Winchester, University of Winchester
I IMAGINE that the script for this nerdyboy- helps-out-his-friends (one pregnant, the other gay) drama would come across as somewhat banal, being a simplistic (but probably quite realistic) look at the relationships between an assembly of stereotypical American college kids.
But Steven Love’s well thought-out 90 minute one-act production showed off PAW’s range of talents with an entertaining mixture of acting, dance and multimedia, bringing out the play’s main themes of class, relationships and insecurity.
As nerdy, unloved Paul, Aisa Nerva- Culley created the key central role of the geek-who-finally-snaps to great effect, sympathising with the plight of pregnant Emily (a vulnerable portrayal by Chelcey Douglas) whose ideal world is full of pink rabbits.
Samuel Pashby brought bully Chris strongly to life, beating up and violating Jake Viles’ gay Jody, whose monologue was the most touching of the evening.
Excellent choregraphy, sound and light added to the impact of this unusual production.