‘Getting Over Steven’ - theatre review

‘Getting Over Steven’ by Forthwrite Theatre -reviewed Sunday 20th July – Watlington House

Performed as a series of monologues interspersed with dialogue, ‘Getting Over Steven’ presents six women’s view of a man who has died, and what he meant to them. A wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, an employer and a lover. When someone dies we often want to remember them at their best but Steven is only idealised by his mother – played by Liz Carroll – who has a poignant line about widows and orphans but there is no such term for a bereaved parent “it’s not supposed to happen”.

The stress of Steven’s death exposes the tensions between his sister (Ali Carroll) and mother, the regrets felt by his wife (Chris Moran) about the life she could have had, if she hadn’t given up her job to raise their daughter (Ellen Fernley) who doesn’t seem too upset about her loss but who wants to know more about her family.

While the daughter plays detective, the police are investigating Steven’s demise. And they are very interested in the case because his boss is a DI (Liz Paulo) who is friends with a solicitor, who is also his mistress (Bethan Perkins). What a complicated web we weave!

Chris Moran’s script delicately reveals different aspects of Steven’s life and relationships, and more tellingly, the relationships these characters have with each other. Although the production reaches a satisfying conclusion that explains the mystery of Steven’s death, it is just as compelling to see the interaction and differing agendas between the characters.

(c) Wendy Thomson 2014

‘Getting Over Steven’ won Reading Post's Pick of the Fringe award and Best Director (Aidan Moran) from the Reading Fringe Festival committee. There is another chance to see it at Progress Theatre at 7:45pm on Monday 4th August, followed by short films from Workbench productions.

Tickets £10 & £8, bookable via www.progresstheatre.co.uk

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