Review | THE CREDEAUX CANVAS (Lambert House Enterprises)

A trio of millennials, struggling to make ends meet, reveal their desperation and desires as their relationships are put to the test in this production by Lambert House Enterprises.

Staged in the downstairs theatre at El Rocco Café in Kings Cross, director Les Solomon brings us a very well timed revival of The Credeaux Canvas. A production that tests our inner morale and makes us ask ourselves that if we had the means and opportunity, would we take advantage to get ahead?

We are sat in the midst of a tiny flat turned art studio, where we meet the reclusive painter, Winston (Samson Alston), toiling away on one of his masterpieces. Winston is being observed and admired by his roommate’s girlfriend, Amelia (Rachel Marley), a singer struggling to make her mark. As we ponder the depth of the relationship between these two, the final member of the trio makes his entrance: Jamie (Jasper Bruce). He is well-bred and entitled but has been shunned by his late father’s will, leaving him penniless. Jamie then implores the others to participate in an avaricious plot involving art forgery and nude portraiture but are the risks worth the reward?

Beth Daly plays Tess, the unwitting buyer of the forged masterpiece. Her elitist attitude and passionate artistic appreciation methods ensure that her character is an absolute scene stealer. She brings a much needed dynamism to the show’s second act and Daly delivers it to us with the utmost authenticity. Alston played the most consistently throughout the show, being unafraid to let his walls down and engaging us to know more about what makes Winston tick. Nods to both Alston and Marley for their commitment to the artistry of nude portraiture.

Les Solomon and co-director Isaac Broadbent proved to be a generally strong directorial duo, bringing forth the high emotional stakes within the writing whilst also capitalizing on the comedic undertones, leaving the socially distant audience with a true tragicomedy.

Although society can often disparage the (so-called) entitled millennials who whinge about money, opportunity and career prospects, The Credeaux Canvas, particularly with how the world is right now, reminds us of how terrifying the sheer desperation of that reality can be and how difficult and immoral choices may be the only path to survival.

Venue El Rocco's Cafe (Kings Cross), 23rd July to 23rd August 2020

Director Les Solomon

Playwright Keith Bunin

Cover Image and Production Shots Isaac Broadbent and Geoff Sirmai

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