Written by Philip Osment
Directed by Julia Samuels
31st January - 2nd February 2013
Written by Phillip Osment, Whole explores
notions of sexuality through the eyes of four friends on the cusp of adulthood.
From the beginning we learn that this young but very talented cast are
not actors – the exception being Nathalie who has been hired to
pay the part of Holly – but rather friends who felt the need to
tell the story of their friend, Holly.
As Dylan, Chantal, Joseph and Holly(Nathalie) guide us through their
tragic history and stories, we witness a simple story develop into something
much more powerful. The emotion the small cast portrayed was mesmerising,
it felt as if they were opening their souls for us to look into and feel
their pain. A sudden outburst toward the end changed everything the audience
thought and felt, I was gripped by the cast’s tortured portrayal
and couldn’t take my eyes from the stage. This proved even more
impressive with the revelation at the end of the performance.
I was instantly impressed, the writing was superb with each twist only
adding to the pace and complexity of the story. The cast was outstanding.
Chantal soared with her singing – perhaps a little wasted on such
a small stage – her voice was pure and wonderfully strong. Joseph
really shined with his ability to connect with the audience, instantly
likeable with that cheeky glint in his eyes. Holly/Nathalie was not instantly
likeable but wonderfully played, the confusion and angst all wrapped up
in her anger and disappointment made for a wonderful show and she definitely
did the story justice. However, for me there was one character that simply
stole the show, Dylan was magnificent, his inner struggle was played out
beautifully and at one point I shed a small tear whilst watching him.
This is the best show I have seen at Unity in some time, truly astounding.