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Days of Light

By Godfrey Hamilton

Starving Artists

Royal Exchange Studio, 1 February 2012

Days of Light

This is a play about those who love and are left behind.

The central (puer) figure is Nathan, but he always appears offstage.  Instead, attention falls on his mother, a certain Miss Pekoe (which sees Kate Layden create a character at once elegant and wounded), and his lover Milo (or is it Mario?), played by Mark Pinkosh.

It’s an engaging and ultimately moving play, putting one in mind of a James Purdy novella.  Only with lots of recondite movie info.  Pinkosh is a marvel, as always, and it’s good to see him playing with a worthy opponent in Kate Layden.  That’s how flow experiences arise, from challenges.  Now, unaccountably, I have an urgent desire to hear Mark Pinkosh’s richly resonant voice pronounce the name ‘Csikszentmihalyi’…

Days of Light is at the Royal Exchange Studio until 4 February, details here.

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