'Time Bomb' devised by Little Gift Theatre company
is a harrowing piece, and it was immediately
clear from a delicately choreographed opening
scene that each of the two performers had undergone
starkness of such a revelation was disturbing
and the issues springing from it were given
many treatments, some poignant, some appalling
and some hilarious. Reflections on mortality
were juxtaposed with grimly remembered 'consolations':
"It's not as if you're young, is it? You don't
really need them."
one bittersweet scene in an anonymous waiting
room, a dialogue took place in which everything
from family life to the latest sessions in chemo/radio
therapy was 'absolutely fine'. Only the changing
cadences of this absurd mantra revealed the
fear which lay behind it.
piece was extremely sure-footed. It never once
toppled into self-pity or rage, and some of
the musical interludes were not only delightful
pieces of comic releif, but also powerfully
ironic. For what was revealed in this extra-ordinary
show was that despite fear and anger, dignity
and beauty could still transcend it. Photographs
projected on to the set - some uncompromisingly
stark, some unbearably poignant - served as
two functions. They acted as a powerful commentary
and they also blurred the edges between the
shaped drama we were watching.
the end of the piece we, the audience, had been
offered two distinct challenges; first to confront
our own fears through the courage of two remarkable
women and second, to reflect upon the power
of their drama to dismantle some of those taboos
which still charactise attitudes to cancer."
by Rob Moger - Lecturer in English at Frome
Community College, Somerset. March 2001.