See Me For Myself – Tabard theatre review

I went to see See Me For Myself last Friday, which runs at the Tabard until Saturday 27 October.

The tale of two terminally ill young people who get to know each other in a hospice and fall in love with only months for live, you’d think it would be unremittingly depressing. It does indeed make you cry but it also makes you laugh as the two send up their circumstances with a mordant black humour and find happiness despite everything.

Alice Cox and Nickcolia King N’Da, who play the lead characters, should go far. Alice, who is a recent graduate of The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, approaches the part with a fearless clarity. There’s nothing maudlin or sentimental in her approach. It is what it is, and she plays that perfectly. Nickcolia, who trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, manages the combination of joker and wannabe delinquent with the sweet, wistful boy who just wants to be loved with exactly the right balance.

The play is also of interest as it’s the first play written by Chris Naylor and Joanna Way. While Joanna has spent most of her career as a journalist, Chris is a retired consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.and has seen the lack of suitable care for terminally ill teenagers at first hand. He and his wife Vicki run a weekly writers group at their home in Chiswick. How thrilling to see your first published play performed at the age of 84.

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