One Night Stand
Nick Underwood’s follow-up to the promising Naked Neighbour (Twitching Blind) is an arresting but uneven portrayal of a brief encounter played out against an elegant backdrop of music and lighting effects.
The piece starts out in the vein of a hardboiled thriller, the protagonist opening his story of meeting an enigmatic woman (Melody Grove) and the intensely passionate episode that follows in elaborate similes worthy of Philip Marlowe. While the lyricism and dark humour of the script initially grabs the attention, the mix of rhyming couplets and free verse ultimately proves intangible, and this, coupled with the underplaying of the two leads, and the overall lack of variety in pace leaves the writing looking a little self-indulgent and tricksy.
While the whole thing is a little too elegiac in tone to really sustain attention over an hour Underwood, who takes the lead role as well as scripting, producing and co-writing the music, is an engaging presence, and there are moments when the performances and language mesh with Kai Fisher’s beautiful lighting effects to create a movingly heightened vision of fleeting love.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 27 Mar