Thursday, December 8

Trap – John Foster Drama Studio, Liverpool

Written and performed by Nathan Dunn, this is the story of Chris and his leaving do night out with a couple of mates. He wants to make a fresh start in another country and more importantly escape his hometown that has trapped him for so many years.

On the surface this seems quite a simple story, but Dunn’s script is full of nice little touches, and he brings a vibrant energy to his performance as Chris and all his friends.

Trap explores many issues including the class system, masculinity, sexuality, and toxic relationships. There is a good mix of dramatic tension and comedic flair throughout, and Dunn pitches the balance really well.

Each of the friends have something to say and a story to tell and Dunn’s adroit and well-paced script moves effortlessly between the characters, and gradually we begin to see the story of their night out unfold.

Dunn and his director Genevieve Glynn-Reeves cleverly utilise video and some outstanding lighting effects throughout, and this really adds to the overall texture of this finely tuned piece.

 Interjecting with the script Dunn performs some of his own music and this also helps the narrative and propels the story to its almost tragic conclusion. No spoilers here!

If I had one reservation it would be that the last ten minutes or so needs some careful editing and maybe minor trimming here or there but otherwise this is exciting and fresh theatre from a talented upcoming artist.

Definitely one to watch

Reviewer: Kiefer Williams

Reviewed: 5th October 2022

North West End UK Rating: ★★★★