Holden Street Theatres, till 23 February 20202
Review – Geoff Jenke
Remember teenage love? Obsessive and knotted together. Nancy and Alex met in biology class dissecting a pig heart. Reunited ten years later at their best friends’ wedding, another dissection begins.
Post-Mortem is about a teenage love that will never end, except as with all dreams, it does end. Ten years later when they meet again at a wedding, it becomes more complex as the post-mortem of their lives and love evolve. It is funny, with the scene of them locked in a bathroom at the wedding very funny, but the play is also touching and then unexpectedly fuses into dance and movement with both actors accepting each other, and at times rejecting each other.
The two performers, Essie Barrow and Iskander R. Sharazuddin deliver an outstanding and unflinching look at life and love, each having their own version of what had happened in the past.
It must also be noted the play, performed on a white floor with only two chairs as props, was written by Iskandar. Watching it as it unveils in real time, I thought it could have been better done, however in my own post-mortem of the show, over a coffee, I came to realise what a delightful piece of theatre this was, as presented.
Post-Mortem is a love affair that was meant to happen, not only between the actors, but also between the audience and actors. And it does happen. Post-Mortem is only on for a limited time – Don’t miss it.