Amongst the scattered cardboard boxes, half empty spirit bottles and dodgy looking white powder dusted liberally on a side table, is Atticus. Sat upon a chair looking slightly the worse for wear in his stained white vest, dirty bare feet and marked jeans. A young man looking to escape from the outside world and who locks himself up in a room where he is surrounded by his memories, all stored around him in the cardboard boxes.
Richard Weston not only stars in this production but has also written it. Opbergdoos is a one-man show and Weston's debut play and looks at one young man, Atticus who is clearly on the road to destruction. The play deals with memories and conflict, how we might respond with different and how we remember.
Weston's script is very layered, and even though the subject matter may appear dark there are moments of light which lifts the mood at the exactly the right moments. At times it is very fast paced and under directorship of Benjamin Longthorne, does well to deliver lines fast and punchy, but then equally he does well to slow things down as we see Atticus come down from his drug infused mind set.
It is never easy to deliver a forty-minute monologue and certainly one that you have written yourself. Weston has created a very individual piece and one that at times can be uncomfortable to watch, as you see Atticus's mental anguish and self-destruction unravel in front of you. Opbergdoos originally started out as an idea for a novel, but Weston soon realised that there would not be enough dramatic effect as it would have on stage. Thankfully, Weston turned his talent to create a very strong, well thought out and personal piece of work that works well in the intimate setting of the Lantern Theatre.
Cast: Richard Weston
Director: Benjamin Longthorne,
This review was first seen on Liverpool Sound and Vision.