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The British Theatre Guide
Worlds End
 
 
 

“Last year, Paul Sellar wrote the very promising Two Graves. He has followed it up with what is likely to be one of the best new serious plays in Edinburgh this year. World's End is built around a fantastic performance from Merryn Owen as Ben the owner of a grey North West London flat, designed by Rachel Canning to represent the aridity of his life. The play happens in real time as Ben's beautiful ex, Fiona Button's Kat, turns up to clear out her belongings. The deal was that Ben would be absent but then we would have had no play. The break-up after two happy years has clearly been traumatic for both and while Kat throws herself into art school and a new relationship with hunky Josh (Jamie Belman), Ben goes to seed. The theoretical writer has a block and sits at home "wallowing in self pity", as Kat's bitchy friend Thea puts it. Monica Bertei's character has her own problems with relationships, seemingly preferring those of very short duration and even finding herself tempted when the embittered Ben makes a desperate pass after Josh has almost broken his nose following an excessive rant. World's End works, because even though he goes on about his woes, one continues to empathise with anguished Ben and his hope that Kat will change her mind, but also with the lady who still loves him. Right to the end the future is uncertain, and, though the minor players are not fleshed out, Kat finally discovers her voice and gets to explain why she was forced to leave and Fiona Button delivers this delicate speech well. Paul Robinson's production is well-judged and takes us into a world of real mental pain for the two protagonists. World's End has a feeling of lived experience rather than pure invention. One hopes for Paul Sellar's sake that this is not the case.”

Philip Fisher