Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Streetwise Play Is Tough Nut to Crack; REVIEW

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Streetwise Play Is Tough Nut to Crack; REVIEW

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Byline: HENRY HITCHINGS

YESTERDAY the National Theatre's Shed won this year's Empty Space Peter Brook Award. Since opening in April, this temporary venue on the South Bank has certainly carved out a strong identity, with a season of inventive and intimate productions.

Nut is a 70-minute piece that throbs with feeling. The work of Debbie Tucker Green, it opens with reclusive Elayne and brash Aimee arguing about how they'd like their funerals to be conducted.

Elayne, played with carefully measured ferocity by Nadine Marshall, soon emerges as the central figure -- a troubled woman whose isolation is symbolised by her not bothering to replace the dead batteries in her doorbell.

Around her other voices pulse, hinting at unspoken and unspeakable ordeals. Elayne's sister bickers with her ex-husband. A boy (Tobi Adetunji on press night) sings hauntingly. He is ignored -- and may even be dead.

Anthony Welsh's smooth, articulate Devon dishes out instructions -- yet finds time to celebrate the bygone pleasures of Woolworths, sounding a bit like an X Factor judge as he reflects that "Their pick'n'mix was on point". …

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