"Love like no other before..."
by Eleni Young for remotegoat on 09/09/12

Walking into the dimly lit theatre, we are brought into the world of the 1920's. Thrown into the passionate yet destructive world of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, we are taken onto a roller coaster of a ride of the wonders and tragedies that success and the abuse thereof can bring.

How do I sum up this vibrant, artistic and exciting production without giving everything away? Let me see if I can try...

This production is wonderfully written and directed and intimate surroundings created make you feel as if you are sitting in the characters living room in real life.

The play opens at the end of the production before starting at the real beginning. We see Zelda, a vivacious and energetic girl with a love for words, art and letting her hair down. Living with her mother, we see a childish and innocent side to her, and a girl who falls in love with a man called Scott.

Scott is a writer, and a successful one at that. He is just as passionate and full of life as Zelda, a great match you might think, and in many ways, yes. His success somewhat suffocates Zelda and ends with her living in the shadows, kicking and screaming to get out. The chemistry between these two is unlike anything I've seen before on stage. Raw, passionate and incredibly intense, it's joyous and sad to watch, as Zelda is slowly consumed by her husband.

Every character in this production shines wonderfully. From the publisher to the waiter, the 'other woman' to Tanner, the characters all shine with a real depth of character and story telling. Utterly believable, right down to the Southern accents, we are taken on a journey full of love, jealousy, sadness and back to the beginning. Back to their undying love.

This production will have you captivated until the very last moment. Five stars? I wish I could give it six.

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