Flying High!

Credit:John Johnston

By Danielle Garrett

Something happens to a stage when you take away the décor and centre full heartedly on the characters.

Plume, a play at the Tron theatre in Glasgow focuses on a grieving and suicidal father, whose son died in a terrorist attack on an aeroplane.

Although the play is based around the Lockerbie bombing, Andy Arnold’s artistic direction makes us forget time and place and focus on the suffering of the two main characters.

The father, Mr Peter’s (Sylvester McCoy) is a desperate and lonely man, while bellboy Maller (Gemma McElhinney) is an anxious girl and one of Mr Peter’s ex pupils whose life is going nowhere.

The relationship between Mr Peter’s and Maller is both chilling and uplifting, and Sylvester McCoy, who plays Radagast the Brown in the upcoming Hobbit movie, is not to be missed.

He manages to make a man who is both angry and bitter, and weak and helpless move in to one as a fluent and subtle performance.

It is set for the most part in a hotel room, and both characters interact and take each other on an emotional journey filled with old memories and lost hope. It reveals the suffering of the human condition and shows what happens when you lose hope.

There is only one striking piece of set. A large window designed by Kenny Miller, which acts as a backdrop to the characters conversation. It does not look out on to anywhere, but changes colour from orange to pink, symbolic of a sunset and the characters’ lives coming to an end.

Mr Peter’s son, William, played by Finn Den Hertog does make an appearance, but the character does not seem to put much across to the audience, and acts more as a stage hand carrying on props and taking the young Maller off stage.

Even if only half the stage is used for almost the entirety of the play you don’t notice, because you are completely wrapped up in wonderful dialogue, which reveals much more than an amazing set could have.

Credit:John Johnston

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