REVIEW: From Afar (Travelling Through… Bookshop) ★★★★

An amusing and touching portrait of a life spent writing letters, From Afar is set in the quaint and intimate Travelling Through… Bookshop as part of the VAULT Festival 2019.

Starring Catherine Millsom with direction and dramaturgy by Ashleigh Packham, David Coverdale’s new play is very humorous whilst focusing on grief and death as a topic.

A passioned and humorous performance by the talented Catherine Millsom. Millsom evokes the characters sense of fun and quirky character traits and has the audience feeling like we are in her living room in a short space of time. Impressively, within a 25 minute workshop, she portrays her deep sense of loss with sincerity and grace.

As an audience member we see the deeper meaning of loss, not only within her personal life but also within the loss of her sense of identity when her job role comes into question, which has been her passion throughout her life and reason for being.

This play has wonderful poignant moments and utilises the space in the bookshop in a very creative and effective way.

Reviewed by Matthew Wren Andrew


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