Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Z Theatre Company presents “All the Things I Never Said”: A dramatic piece about a group of passengers standing on a platform waiting for a delayed train. Being stuck in the same situation sparks conversations between the strangers, and each one in turn has a personal scenario where either opportunities to speak up and be heard are missed, or their unspoken words may at times have been fortuitous. It is their personal predicaments that have led to their being on the platform that day.
The PA crackles into life and the disembodied station announcer informs the impatient travellers that their train is delayed. The announcement provokes the inevitable grumbling and random conversations spark up. The camaraderie allows the conversations to bloom, yet each character only reveals a masquerade of the life they want to project.
Under the facades we meet a diverse range of characters, such as a young woman whose best friend has announced her engagement. The girl is drunkenly wishing them well and recalls the beginning of their friendship and how much her friend has meant to her over the years. It soon becomes apparent that her love for her friend is more than straightforward but, as her speech becomes more maudlin, the others brush her aside and perhaps for the good of their friendship, she never does reveal those fatal three words. A young girl playing with dolls is living her life trapped between two warring parents, their clumsy neglect of her leads to her creating an imaginary friend which neither parent copes well with. She is alone on the platform, abandoned by her parents who are clearly too preoccupied to take care of her responsibly. The set is minimal – The only prop is an old trunk that is pushed around to either be a chair, toy box or small podium. The players swap between being the point of focus on the platform, the main story line, and/or extras in each others’ lives. At the end of each of the individual stories there are dramatic freezes where the unspoken words are revealed and the characters secret is realised.