Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Never Fall out in a Fallout Shelter; THEATRE: After the End, Bush Theatre, W12

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Never Fall out in a Fallout Shelter; THEATRE: After the End, Bush Theatre, W12

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Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

FOR topicality alone, this latest piece from emerging playwright Dennis Kelly is a winner. There has been a horrific terrorist attack - nuclear, this time - and Mark has rescued his colleague Louise from the cloud of radioactive dust. Obsessive geek that he is, Mark is the proud owner of a flat with an old nuclear fallout shelter in the garden. And with his habit of always preparing for the worst, he has kept it fully stocked with several days' rations of essentials. Now, he tells Louise, all they have to do is wait.

Thus the compelling scenario is set and at first, for two people whose world has quite literally collapsed around their ears, the young pair remain remarkably calm. Louise, obviously the object of Mark's awkward, barely expressed affections, alternates between placation and teasing. But we begin to suspect that cabin - or bunker - fever cannot be staved off for ever, especially when Louise frets that "it's like time's turned off ". …

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