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Contemporary fairytales have never  been more mesmerizing than Winchester based Platform 4’s production Bliss, previewed at Salisbury Playhouse  last week.
Emma and Louis are two souls washed up on a desert. Their story slowly, very slowly unfolds through balletic movement, haunting music (with more that a similarity to Ry Cooder’s soundtrack for Paris –Texas), a few words and night time stories told and re-told over and over again, each finishing the other’s story, such is their familiarity and love.
Director Catherine Church’s production is incredibly beautiful to watch, while also being inventive, creative and evocative.
Simon Plumridge has created a set based on a Paul Klee painting resembling a commune under the sun, though this commune has just two people.
 Catherine Skinner and James Bellorini give humanity to Emma and Louis. You really do care about their characters as they send party invites to paper people their life seems blissful, or is it?

Into this idyll an apple appears growing on the only piece of vegetation that has not completely died, a green, gleaming apple. Enter Jackie, a simply stunning performance by Stevie Thompson as Louis’ sister. She is the catalyst, serpent, monster, all rolled into one.
Writer Matthew Wilkie has filled the pay with symbolism with more that a nod to Paradise Lost, Genesis and TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land  with its heap of broken images of a set. Chris Talman’s sensitive mandolin and guitar playing complemented the production perfectly.

Anne Morris. Salisbury Journal Oct 19 2006

"A haunting, tantalising piece of work." Syd Simons, Programmer, Gillingham School.

"Fascinating and enchanting - so useful and the workshop was so beneficial to our students." Barbara Brann, Drama Teacher Bournemouth School for Girls. 

“The play both fascinated and confused our students, which is exactly what we hoped. Coming as they do from a background of story as naturalistic and based on simplistic linear narrative it was really inspiring for them to see something that made them think. Once we had discussed the story (which is always their first port of call as they think that 'getting it' is the be all and end all of theatre!!) we were able to discuss the work of the company and the director and consider how stories can be told through a variety of means. In particular they commented on the use of stillness and silence, and the time it took to develop the premise and characters. Which has now become a major theme in our study of texts, as they battle against the instinct to tell the audience everything in the first five minutes. Some of the students who were sat stage left commented that they were unable to see Jacqueline's early entrances and so thought there were sections with 'nothing going on.'  Not a problem elsewhere and something I'm sure you are aware of! On a personal note I thought the piece was engaging and well performed.  The style of the piece was clearly 'platform 4' and ideas were developed in an interesting way. In particular the dream sequence with the persistent attempt at waking the dreamer and the use of music to both reflect and move action forward were beautifully done. The set was great and the work between the actors really drew me in to the show and the possible permutations of the story and its location. Your use of the intimate space and the way you play with time and character continue to engage and inspire me.”

Jeremy Graves - Drama teacher St Peter's School.



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