‘knowing who to trust is not always straight forward in this searing indictment of social media … ’
With #metoo debates rocking the foundations of society through connectivity on social media, this play pins down one of the most disturbing consequences of hysteria. Whilst these debates need to happen, there is going to be some fall out. This play cleverly explores that very area.
It’s a play about a modern-day Adam and Eve. They have just got their lives on track, buying a house and starting a family, but it isn’t long before the ‘snake’ changes this idyll. School teacher Adam has a pupil who has just arrived at the school. Bolshy and difficult to manage, she begins to insert herself between the couple using social media to generate her lies. It isn’t long before the school authorities must investigate the accusations, at the same time Eve’s faith in her husband’s innocence begins to crumble.
The direction by Jennifer Davis is key to the success of this play. Some of the scenes early in the play are so short, but she ensures that each one makes its point clear. Every scene is necessary to the whole. Therefore, when the stakes are raised from being about Adam and Eve’s relationship to the tragedy in the drama, we are fully engaged with the couple and their dilemma. The tension in the play is on a slow fuse, but once it arrives, it continues to squeeze until the thrilling ending.
Melissa Parker is quite remarkable in the role of Nikki. Any teacher present would have flinched to see the quiet cold way in which she undermined her teacher’s authority. Lee Knight and Jeannie Dickinson as Adam and Eve are heartbreakingly sincere as the loving couple. Knight (as Adam) comes across as a dedicated school teacher whose ambition in life is no more than to continue to enjoy his occupation along with his family life. Dickinson (as Eve) gives small hints at jealousy and distrust which are never overplayed. They just seem a natural progression as more evidence piles up against her husband.
This play is so topical and speaks volumes about the difficulties facing school teachers but also about the power and possibility of manipulating social media. Writer Tim Cook has grasped so much about this post truth society, in which lies are told to us through various forms of media. Knowing who to trust is not always a straight forward matter.
ADAM & EVE by Tim Cook
The Hope Theatre
207 Upper Street
London N1 1RL
22 May – 9 June, Tues - Sat 7.45pm
Tickets £15 & £12 concs
Box Office: 0333 666 3366
Reviewer Heather Jeffery is founder and Editor of London Pub Theatres Magazine www.londonpubtheatre.com @pubtheatres1 (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)