Passionate about: Theatre-Fine Art-Rational Discourse-Good Books-Bad TV.
Doing things with your hands is therapeutic.
One should never stop learning and questioning.
Actively involved in:
The dramatic community in Dubai.
The Old Library in Dubai
I get involved in as much as I can to promote a love of reading and thinking.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Short + Sweet Dubai 2014 Review of Heart in the Ground
Heart in The Ground
“Heart in the Ground” -An intriguing title
and no-one I knew in the play. “Hmmm” “In a crumbling Kentucky farmhouse a young couple find themselves
dealing with loss and love as the familiar hand of the law threatens to tear
their family apart”. “Hmmm” I pondered. “I wonder what this will
What "Heart in the Ground" brought was a hands down
outstanding production. This show was streaks ahead of every other production
at this year’s Short and Sweet. And there were some pretty good shows this year
so this is saying something. A deeply moving two-hander skillfully acted and
Sally Greenland’s performance as Karen, a young
grieving wife, was beautifully measured. An actress in tune with her craft who
climbed into the skin of the character and gave the audience an insight into
Karen’s pain, her fragile state of mind and her simple illogically, logical
wish to have her dead child buried close to her. It was a pleasure to watch
Sally. I can’t say any more, other than that no-one else could have won the
*Award for Best Actress – Short + Sweet 2014 after her performance. My one
disappointment in this almost flawless performance was the dress she wore. It
was a jarring choice for me.
Acting the role of the young husband, Lee, was
Oliver Marriott, who played against Sally’s Karen in a well-timed balancing act
of emotional highs and lows and in the end with compassionate understanding.
Oliver gave us a strong performance that worked well against Karen’s fragilely
It was just such a pleasure to watch this 10
minute play. The simple set worked well. I liked the use of the stage and
lighting. An effectively directed production with two fine performers. A
well-deserved win for this year’s Best Overall Production at Short+Sweet Dubai
Here is a link to what Douglas Hill the writer has to say about his script: