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Review: Our Big Love Story, at Hope Theatre

Transfixing performances light up the tube carriage set, in play that reflects on the 7/7 London terror attacks

29 March, 2018 — By Sabrina Dougall

Friends test the definition of romance in Our Big Love Story. Photo: Jennifer Evans

STEPHANIE Silverman’s play is not so much about the London 7/7 attacks as a play about adolescence in 2018: questioning culture, seeing your parents for who they are, stumbling with gangly awkwardness into first loves.

Osman Baig is transfixing; as archetypal a British middle-aged bloke as you can get, he morphs between emotional states recounting memories of a bomb blast on a tube carriage during rush hour.

Interspersing these rousing monologues are the completely contrasting moments of teen rowdiness, friendship, play and youthful lust.

Guided by instinct, popular culture, and YouTube Islamists, pals Anjum, Destiny, Katie and Jack test the definitions of friendship, romance and being cool.

The plot is driven by the attraction between two girls; Destiny (Holly Ashman), the daughter of an EDL devotee, and Pakistani-British Anjum (Naina Kohli).

The four teenagers (played by a terrifyingly convincing cast, despite being aged 20-28) light up Gemma Bright-Thomas’s set: a cage-like black frame resembling a tube carriage, studded with blue and red lights.

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