“Ablutions” is based on the novel of the same name, written by the Man Booker shortlisted author, Patrick Dewitt. It follows the story of a Los Angeles bartender as he watches his life, and his customers, spiral out of control. As he struggles with alcoholism, he decides to go on a trip across America, meeting interesting characters along the way.
From the moment you walk into the theatre space, you enter the gritty Los Angeles bar. Live music is playing while the lone bartender works. Despite a minimalistic set and no props (the only things on stage are the instruments being played), you get lost within the atmosphere.
The cast effortlessly transform from one character to the next, with clear characterisation (a credit to both the actors, and the writer). The acting and music are brilliant, transporting you to the drug fuelled, alcoholic underbelly of America.
If you get the chance to see this show, I would highly recommend it. It mixes the drama of addictions with humour, and you will leave with the question, “What would I do in that situation?”
Be sure to check out Fell Swoop Theatre’s website (www.fellswooptheatre.com) and follow them on Twitter (@FellSwoopTheatr) and keep your eye open for their shows coming near you. You will not want to miss it.
For more information on theatre shows in Luton, check out Luton Culture’s website (www.lutonculture.com) and follow them on Twitter (@lutonculture).
By Charlotte Read.