It's time for my review of Ticking.
Ever since I heard this show would be starring Anthony Head this was on my must-see list and I can certainly say I was not let down. It had a really gripping storyline about Simon, a young British man, who is awaiting his execution in a foreign prison cell after being convicted of the murder of a local prostitute. It’s his final visiting hour and his parents are due to arrive. He’s a bag of nervous energy and his lawyer still hasn’t got any news on his appeal. Even the British Prime Minister is calling for a pardon. As Simon and his parents wait breathlessly to see if his appeal will be successful, Simon must decide whether to confront the past with his father and expose a deeply hidden secret, or leave it buried and say his goodbyes. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire hour and 25 minutes. The set of the prison cell is really realistic and as it is quite a small theatre, with only 100 seats, it felt like I was there in the prison cell with them. The cast included Tom Hughes as Simon, Niamh Cusack as Sylvia, Anthony Head as Edward, David Michaels as Richard and Jackie Lam as the Prison Guard. It was very, very well casted. The cast just all seemed to gel so well together. I found the story to be really emotional and it was the saddest thing I have seen since 'The Elephant Man'. It was very well written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams, who I think deserves an award for his work with this show. I enjoyed the fact how occasionally they would add a bit of humour here and there so the play wouldn't be too depressing. The emotional state of Sylvia, played by Niamh Cusack, was really convincing and realistic. I feel the actors were born for these roles as it was all just so true to life. I was a bit wary before going to see the show as I had no idea what it would be about but I am so glad I got the chance to see it.
The featured star of Ticking is, drum roll please… TOM HUGHES!
This was a really hard decision as I couldn't decide weather to give it to Tom, Niamh or Anthony, but in the end I had to give it Tom because he gives such a mesmerising performance. It would have been criminal not to give him featured star! I really hope to see Tom in another show soon because he is extraordinary!
Now for my final verdict on Ticking. I give Ticking…
I'm not too sure if shows performing at Trafalgar Studios 2 are eligible for Oliviers, but if they are Ticking definitely deserves a few nominations!
Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.
Join me next time when I will be reviewing War Horse.
Thanks for reading!
*Please note this show has now closed.