Written by Mark Ravenhill
Mark Ravenhill (Shopping and Fucking, Cut) has written another thought
provoking and radical work in collaboration with Frantic Assembly, that
puts under scrutiny the often-fragile nature and falsehood of friendship.
In a very physically challenging and visually appealing production, which
includes a lot of choreography (directed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett)
of the four actors/performers involved.
Pool (no water) concerns four failed artists who exploit the horrific
accident of one of their friends - who has become a major player in the
art world - in an attempt to also establish themselves as eminent arts
All four of them, plainly bitter and cynical at their failure to make
a mark in life, conjure up the idea of photographing their comatose friend
in hospital, injured after she dived into an waterless swimming pool in
her palatial new home. They want the images of her crippled body to become
works of art.
One imaginative facet of the production was the use of two of the characters
adopting the role of their comatose companion, who you never see on stage,
stretched out on a hospital bed.
A specially commissioned soundtrack by British singer/songwriter Imogen
Heap adds lustre to the performance, including a high degree of evocative
However, a weak point was the poorly delivered and unconvincing vocal
delivery of two of the actors - Cait Davis and Keir Charles - and at times
I found it difficult to understand what they were saying.
This review is dedicated to a very special person in my life!