Review: Rust at Bush Theatre – 5th July – 27th July 2019

RUST by Kenny Emson ; Directed by Eleanor Rhode ; Set Design by Max Johns ; Lighting Design by Jess Bernberg ; Sound Design by David Gregory ; Associate Director: Natalie Denton ; Bush Theatre & HighTide Co-production ; London UK ; 26th June 2019 ; Credit & Copyright: Helen Murray

I will be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this show, but when I read the synopsis but really should have take a peek at the trailer (see below) I managed to figure out that there was some sort of secret between the 2 main characters, but that was about as far as my imagination could stretch.

Not really sure that this would be my type of production, but I trust the Bush Theatre, as they choose some really great plays and to be fair, I have never left this venue disappointed, so decided to be brave and try something new.

I’m glad I did.

The interesting thing is that it will be off to the infamous Edinburgh Fringe Festival next month and then onto the HighTide Festival Aldeburgh so this was a chance to preview.

Check out the trailer here…

The Story

Written by Kenny Emson, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, who has written many successful plays as well as for the BBC’s Eastenders and Doctors, the play tells the story of Nadia (Claire Lams) and Daniel (Jon Foster) who are bored of their own marriages and the routine of work, the school run, dinner in front of the TV with their respective partners until they retire, the kids grow up, move out and then watch old age creep in, they are seeking to inject some excitement.

We meet them as they are signing a contract on a studio flat, so they can meet every Monday to break up the monotony of their lives.

They are so ‘loved up’ so excited for their Monday meet-ups, but Nadia insists they set some ground rules from the start.

RUST by Kenny Emson ; Directed by Eleanor Rhode ; Set Design by Max Johns ; Lighting Design by Jess Bernberg ; Sound Design by David Gregory ; Associate Director: Natalie Denton ; Bush Theatre & HighTide Co-production ; London UK ; 26th June 2019 ; Credit & Copyright: Helen Murray

My Thoughts

As soon as I walked into the theatre I feel in love with the set ❤ It was a massive bed just laden with the most pillows i’ve ever seen piled on top of one another, it was amazing, it looked like such fun – my inner child just wanted to jump on top and have a massive pillow fight, i’m pretty sure most of the audience were thinking the same, judging by their reactions of those who walked in after me. 😂

Apart from the black empty space surrounding the pillow/bed, there were some beautiful vertical light bulbs hanging upstage, which served as an entrance and exit to the flat.

Lighting was very integral to the scene changes, sometimes going to total blackout in between.

The play dealt mainly with the themes of monogamy and adultery but also touched on other social issues such as, gender issues for example;

  • the bias in society that demonizes a woman more than a man. Nadia will be a labelled a ‘homewrecker’ for sleeping with a married man, but it’s almost acceptable for a man to stray from his wife.
  • if they were to divorce their respective partners or get caught, Daniel will have a harder time to gain access or custody to his children, as society and the system will favour the mother.

The actors were really good and the script has some real highs and lows which they executed perfectly.

Their relationship is conducted solely in this flat, like a fun fantasy, and we are witness to each Monday meet-up, but as soon as a little of their real life penetrates the space, it causes all sorts of reactions and consequences.

I felt like I really get to know them, and although I know what they were doing was wrong, I couldn’t help rooting for them, hoping things would work out the way they both want.

This play made me contemplate a few things and ask myself a few questions;

  • Is monogamy natural to us – Is it really for everyone?
  • Don’t we all just want to be happy – is it so wrong if that makes others unhappy?
  • Why is it more acceptable for a man to cheat?
RUST by Kenny Emson ; Directed by Eleanor Rhode ; Set Design by Max Johns ; Lighting Design by Jess Bernberg ; Sound Design by David Gregory ; Associate Director: Natalie Denton ; Bush Theatre & HighTide Co-production ; London UK ; 26th June 2019 ; Credit & Copyright: Helen Murray

This show is definitely worth seeing, a really good play that raises some interesting questions.

Ticket details belo

Venue: The Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8LJ

Dates: 5th July – 27th July 2019

Performances & Ticket Prices:

05 July – 27 July From £15

Saturday Matinees

6, 13, 20, 27 July From £15

Wednesday Matinees

10, 17, 24 July

Tickets: £15 – £45

  • Adult: From £15
  • Unemployed (ID Required): From £12.50
  • Disabled: From £12.50
  • Bush Connect (Student/Under 26): From £12.50
  • Wheelchair User: From £12.50
  • Senior Citizens: From £15
  • Senior Citizen: From £17.50

Buy Tickets now:
https://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/event/rust/

Box Office number:

020 8743 5050
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm

Age Guidance

14+ Please be advised that Rust contains strong language, adult themes and the use of haze and flashing lights.

ACCESS DETAILS

Captioned Performance

Thu 25 July 7.45pm

Audio Described Performance

Sat 27 July 2.45pm

Grab tickets while you can!

Thanks for reading.

Chanel x

Chanel Williams

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