"Heartwarming mini-musical set in St-Giles-in-the-Fields"
by Matthew Partridge for remotegoat on 10/06/18

“The End of History” produced by High Hearted Theatre in association with Soho Theatre and performed at St Giles-in-the-Fields, is a short musical about two very different people who unexpectedly meet. Paul (Chris Polick) is a hard partying property developer bunking off from work in order to have anonymous assignations. Wendy (Sarah Malin) is an art therapist, who has been made homeless by a combination of cutbacks and a breakup with her boyfriend. In a series of songs and monologues we hear how they unexpectedly find themselves at St Giles in the middle of the day, and how their chance encounter changed their lives.

The play covers everything from the effects of gentrification to thwarted dreams and the anonymity of the big city. While its sympathies are with the free-spirited Wendy, it takes care to avoid turning Paul into a caricature. Indeed, at one point it even notes that he had to work hard to get where he was, as “I didn’t have wealthy parents who could give me a foot up on the property ladder”. Chris Polick is also a strong charismatic actor. Overall, it is a heartwarming tale that shows even little changes can make a big difference to our lives.

Text and lyrics are by Marcelo Dos Santos, sound design and music by Edward Lewis and directed by Gemma Kerr.

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