Claustrophobia by Jason Hewitt
To the Moon in association with Theatre Bench
Venue: The Monkey House, Zoo
It’s particularly challenging to show a boring situation without becoming boring yourself, but Claustrophobia triumphs through careful pacing as we gradually get to know a pair of random strangers in a lift stalled between floors– one a neurotic girl (Jessica Macdonald) who lives alone with her cat, one an ex-soldier (Paul Tinto) who seems confident, friendly and calm.
As the play progresses, neither character can stay in their box as histories emerge and we learn how profoundly damaged both have been. Who are these people? Are they really stuck in an lift? Or is the play a metaphor for the ways in which we imprison and enclose ourselves?
Either way, To the Moon present a thoughtful piece which deserves a bigger audience and with its minimal production values, would be ideal for touring.