Fiona and Stephen's tenant has become their landlord and their daughter has taken to living in the overgrown garden, which is creeping into the house as temperatures rise. A short & unnerving play about families, property & rampant vegetation.
‘Basement Flat’ – superb Review by Claire Gulliver 24.6.23 Apprehension is a good place to start an encounter with this play, but not for the reasons you might expect.
Something is dripping. Hands in fingerless gloves tap away on a calculator. A woman in a chair adjusts her blanket. A radio from a hard-to-place decade plays what sound at first like 1980s public information warnings – or is it 1970s? When is this scene exactly?
Benny&Kate are always a must-see for me. They stare down contemporary and adult themes while bringing emotional truth to their characters.
It’s tense, it’s claustrophobic. There’s something simmering. It’s not a comfortable place to be. And it’s about to get less comfortable.
As order unravels, protagonists and audience grab for the familiar things of safety: a Cath Kidston apron, a cup of herbal tea. But these anchors aren’t strong enough to hold when things have gone this feral. Superb.
Fringe Theatrefest audience feedback: "A really atmospheric and striking piece of theatre" "First time I've seen this company, what took me so long!" "Intruiging and thought provoking." "It was very good. Unexpectedly scary." "Fabulous performance as always. Wonderfully intriging play."
(left) Photograph by Amanda McCormack for The High Street Gallery Project, June 2023