first_imgFor those of you who believe that a play marketing itself as a “monologue for two” smacks of typical Oxford pretention, go against your prejudices just this once. Perhaps a little heavy for the BT’s late slot, Kane Moore’s production of Mark Ravenhill’s play succeeds in being thought-provoking, engrossing, and perhaps surprisingly, completely unpretentious.The success of the production relies on Paul Russell’s portrayal of James, the only speaking part and a producer so seedy you half expect him to be sprouting a lawn by the end. Russell’s spirited performance is in stark contrast to the mute actress James is talking to (or to be more precise, at), who remains immobile and expressionless throughout, reinforcing the dehumanising and invasive nature of the film industry. A final important merit of Product is that despite starting so late its running time is only around an hour and so leaves you with plenty of time to discuss it over a sly drink down the pub afterwards. A light-hearted night at the theatre it is not, but well worth seeing if you get the chance.Sarah Davieslast_img read more