No Rhyme is the first play written by Lewisham based Solicitor and mother of two Melanie Pennant.
Susan Lawson-Reynolds, who some of you may recognise as the co-host of Hip-Hop dance festival Breakin’ Convention, has been cast in this fast-paced short play as Lizzie, an African woman who works cleaning the ladies toilets of a south London nightclub.
This is a character many of us girls have become familiar with during our trips to the ladies on a night out, and probably someone we wouldn’t pay any attention to other than when we hand over a pound for a lollipop or spray of perfume.
Becoming a fly on the wall in this typical London club on New Year’s Eve however, we start to see how the snippets of our culture in which we divulge on drunken trips to the toilets are perceived by devout Christian Lizzie who lives a very simple life.
Nushka and Pepper are the chosen characters to represent us young female clubbers. Like most friends who have grown up together, they share a strong bond but also know exactly how to push each other’s buttons.
Battling with their own personal insecurities and problems at home, we watch as the pair’s relationship deteriorates with the help of alcohol and many twists in between, all to the despair of the worrying and watchful eyes of Lizzie.
As a young female Londoner familiar with characters such as Nushka and Pepper, I can say some lines are purely played for laughs, and it is only when the serious and fast-paced dialogue kicks in that some feeling of authenticity arises.
Both action and emotion packed, these issues could be helped by making the piece about 30 minutes longer.
No Rhyme attempts to make the audience both laugh and cry, and is definitely a powerful piece, however be prepared to leave Brockley Jack Theatre with a hell of a lot to think back on.
Apart from the dire need of a change of costume for Nushka and Pepper (who sport sequined outfits and belts which most of us haven’t dreamed of wearing since we were 15), No Rhyme is definitely worth catching and hopefully gets picked up, revised and extended.
No Rhyme runs until 25 May at Brockley Jack Theatre and is part of this year’s Write Now festival.
Write Now is an annual festival run by Brockley Jack. Working to celebrate creativity south of the river, South London writers are invited to send in their new writing with the aim of being performed.
Tickets for all shows and further information on Write Now are available on Brockley Jack’s website.