Camden Review says
Powerful performances all round in Warehouse of Dreams
LESS is more. Six actors, one set. Yet this outstanding play encapsulates the myriad assumptions and protocols, the statistics and reality of giving and receiving refugee aid.
Moriarty, whose complex personality and anguished back-story is brilliantly explored by Jamie Thompson, has overall control of a Middle East refugee camp. Known as “Lord Mayor”, he has to negotiate between the ideologies of the aid providers against the reality of the recipients, a human population of the good, the bad and everything in between.
All the characters confront dilemmas of moral integrity; Moriarty must appease the rebel leader to achieve a peaceful outcome; a TV journalist manipulates the naive communications officer in order to achieve an “exclusive” news report; and the charity’s regional director looks for any unnecessary camp expenditures while travelling the world first class. All the actors inhabit their roles superbly.
Special mention to Balqis Duvall, her portrayal of 14-year-old Sabeen is heart-wrenching in its intelligence and ambition.
If this sounds too worthy or too grim then the writing from Chuck Anderson and Dan Phillips’s directing lift this play towards a thought-provoking analysis of altruism and humanity.
I urge you to see this play.
Every ticket sold will include a £2 donation to War Child, a Camden-based charity that protects children from the effects of war.
UNTIL DECEMBER 6
by PHOEBE SMITH