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The collision – or collusion? – of fate(s) frames the backstory of our two protagonists. The shared fact of having great futures behind them looms as they piece sift past disappointments; disappointments that have ultimately led them to the tragic scene that bookends the piece. Whilst oil, and the wealth it confers, are finite, so is the patience and optimism of the leads. An occasionally farcical twist along Chekhovian lines, we learn that drudgery and pride aren’t opposing forces, but often work in tandem, dulling the flame that burns within us, whilst occasionally causing said fate to combust before our eyes.
Just to let you know we thought this years panto was outstanding! You crammed that little stage with so much wit, good humour and a wonderfully sparkling script. The running gag of kicking Boris Johnson was inspired (been nice if an audience member had got a shot at walloping him!)
Great songs, great actors, great show. Thanks!