Way Back


It is hard during the Fringe for lesser known companies and plays to receive the attention of critics and getting a reviewer in can sometimes be hard. This play is one of those plays as it hasn’t really received any notable attention thus far and as such it is not attracting the audience turn out it deserves even though it is an extremely worthwhile piece of theatre with very accomplished performances from its young cast. The script by Daniel Henry Kaes is also original and approaches a subject like suicide with a fresh approach and somehow manages to create a dark comedy which shows both pathos and hope.

 Set in the world’s third most popular suicide spot, Beachy Head in Sussex, as the audience enters they are met with a skulking sullen youth smoking surreptitiously in the half light of the stage. This turns out to be Miles (Matt Lim) a disillusioned chef fwho believes his girlfriend recently killed herself in a car accident and now feels he has little left to live for. Being a former worker at the chaplaincy centre to prevent suicides he is at first immune to Carol’s intervention- sweetly played by Aynsleigh Turner- as she steps in to try and force him to change his mind.

 Carol is having a busy shift this particular day because almost simultaneously Randy/Rodney (Stephen Bermingham) a former one hit wonder pop star mired in controversy is also contemplating taking his own life. In a desperate bid to stop Miles from jumping and so she can concentrate equally on Randy/Rodney she impetuously kisses him misleading him into thinking they could become romantically involved.

 Meanwhile Rodney who has recently come out as gay, as a means of detracting attention from an underage sex scandal,  finds himself asking Carol out for dinner and it comes to pass that all three are now going out on an unconventional date.

 This encounter does not exactly go as planned and at some point there is an extremely convincing outburst between Miles and Rodney. It also transpires that the trio have had their lives inextricably linked through moments in the past that they were previously all unaware of.

 ‘Way Back’ is a well constructed and perfectly executed piece of drama and Will Seaward’s direction allows little to detract from the performances. Perhaps too much emphasis is placed on clarifying certain issues and relationships when ambiguity may have served the conclusion better but this is still a work which deserves a lot more attention from the public than it is getting.


 Way Back is on at 12.50 at Underbelly until August 26th


    • Will Seaward
    • August 19th, 2013

    Hello Quotidian Times!

    Thank you so, so much for the awesome review! Hurray!

    Just a quick thing – I’m that same Will Seaward, and Fergus Blair, my co-director, deserves as much and, actually, much more credit for ‘Way Back’ than me!

    Thanks so much again, and massively glad you enjoyed it!

    All the best,


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