Wilmas Rating ***
Hidden In The Sand tells the story of a Greek Cypriot woman Alexandra (played by Sally Dexter) who meets a man, Jonathan (played by Scott Handy), in her jewellery shop. They form a long distance relationship, writing letters to each other every day. The show begins with their first official date, back at Alexandra’s house where they stay for days.
Reluctantly Alexandra admits to Jonathan that she is married and shouldn’t have been with him but as the story unfolds we discover that her husband was taken prisoner in the war, more than twenty years ago. Hidden In The Sand tells the story of love, heartbreak, desperation and how people deal with loss in different ways. There is a good twist to the story and it is acted well by all involved.
Sally Dexter, who plays Alexandra (most recently seen playing Simone in the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever) showed her versatility in this role as a Greek, grief stricken woman and showed that she really is a wonderful actress. Daphne Alexander, who plays Sophia, (known for playing Nadia in BBCs Casualty) shined in her role and helped to add depth to the story.
Hidden In The Sand is a good show and at no point was I bored (it was a short show at 2hours including the interval) but I couldn’t help but feel something was missing. Some light hearted sub plot that took the attention off of the grief that filled the air of the small space of the Trafalgar Studios.
Does Alexandra’s husband ever return? Or does Jonathan convince her to let him go in her mind and be with him? I’m not going to tell you so you’ll have to go and see Hidden In The Sand for yourself to find out!
Hidden In The Sand plays at London’s Trafalgar Studios until 26th October. Click here for tickets.