Days of Light
By Godfrey Hamilton
Royal Exchange Studio, 1 February 2012
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.