Review: The Beach House, Park Theatre - female relationships in the spotlight
They say moving is one of the most stressful things you can do. What happens when you move to your dream beachfront home that is 'in need of renovation', you have a baby on the way, and your relationship is evolving fast?
Add a flighty sister, and you've got the premise for Jo Harper's new play, The Beach House at the Park Theatre.
Couple Liv (Gemma Lawrence) and Kate (Kathryn Bond) have much to be excited about in this new chapter of their relationship. It's a shame then that Kate has a strained relationship with her younger sibling Jenny (Gemma Barnett).
The latter's life lacks the stability of her sister's. Jenny's chosen career is as a dancer, which means stints working away at a circus or on a cruise, and her relationship with her boyfriend is in choppy water.
Deep down, does Jenny want to be like her stable sister, or does she want what her sister has?
But Liv and Kate's relationship isn't as plain sailing as it might initially appear.
Kate is in a rush to return to work after their daughter is born, and Liv, when not looking after the baby, takes sanctuary in a glass or two of wine.
Jenny and Liv are increasingly pushed together as Kate doubles down on her work and career.
The stage contains little more than a wooden storage chest into which clothing and baby items are regularly tidied and occasionally a box, bucket or pouffe.
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