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Four into one won't go

PUBLISHED: 11:10 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 17:19 16 August 2010

The same actress playing four different roles with a minimal set is a hard task to pull off. And unfortunately for Split Soul Dance Theatre and Blue Bud Stage Company at the Greenwich Playhouse,

The same actress playing four different roles with a minimal set is a hard task to pull off.

And unfortunately for Split Soul Dance Theatre and Blue Bud Stage Company at the Greenwich Playhouse, they didn't, writes Marina Soteriou.

Leaving written by Sarah O'Hanlon is a piece in which a sole actress, Julia Barnett, plays four roles in four separate scenes - a dancer, a chess player, an asylum seeker and a mad woman.

Barnett plays each role with a feisty confidence however this is the problem.

Each character is so different but yet this is not adequately portrayed by Barnett's performance.

And the use of physical theatre in the scene portraying the 'mad woman' felt out of place and further disjointed the play.

The set consisted of one wardrobe which was utilised inventively but when the writing is so weak there is little, actors can do to redeem it.

Leaving plays until Sunday 11 May at the Greenwich Playhouse. Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm.

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