Blackout Songs, at the Hampstead Theatre, is a thought-provoking and original play that portrays the ups and downs of a co-dependent couple struggling with alcoholism. Written by Joe White and directed by Guy Jones, the play is both hard-edged and heartwarming, with a compelling structure that captures the essence of the couple’s relationship.
Alex Austin and Rebecca Humphries give an exceptional performance as the two alcoholics battling their demons. Their odd, associative conversation at first appears like a drunken conversation, not half as interesting when sober. But as the play progresses, the tenderness, intensity and undercurrents of pain begin to shine through, and the audience becomes more emotionally invested in their relationship.
Although the play focuses on a romantic tragedy about two alcoholics, it has moments of humour, indicative of the wild spirit of living in the present. Overall, “Blackout Songs” is a funny kind of romantic tragedy that becomes compulsive to watch. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a thought-provoking play that is both emotionally charged and visually stunning.
Cast & Creatives
a dark and witty tragedy
I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a thought-provoking drama that is both emotionally charged and visually stunning.