Brighton Fringe 2013
Faye Woodbridge’s triptych of scenarios where one of the protagonists is always dead, a ghost, explores very different aspects of the same conceit.
What happens when someone dies but doesn’t leave? The play has three very different scenarios in three acts, The third act is the most successful, a poignant tale of one girl and her lover. It is the lover ghost who decides to leave her insubstantial existence, where she cannot touch or taste, in order to let her partner move on. The first act has a twenty five year old on the run from his family to get some space for himself, but pursued, no, one has to say haunted, by the ghost of his dead father. The dialogue they have is less dramatic, and could easily be read as an internalised conversation that the son is having with his image of his father. In that sense it doesn’t quite work as we’re left slightly in a limbo, wondering what it is that the father really has to say, apart from the “Don’t do that, son” type conversations. There isn‘t a lot of tension generated by their exchanges – it’s as if the script isn’t quite sure whether to play this seriously or for laughs. There are some great opening exchanges where the ghost father has to ask his son to turn the pages, complains about his irritating ring tones, but then it seems to degenerate into a standard father and son don’t understand one another dialogue that doesn’t really use the full potential of the dead verses the living subject matter. Or explore what happens when you can’t leave a parent behind and live your own life. And there are these nagging questions in the audience mind – why doesn’t the son ask the father to leave him alone?