Ian Buckley (12Mar15): "Secrets, Secrets and more Secrets"
by Penny Culliford for remotegoat on 11/03/15
The Moment We Met, inspired by true events and written and directed by Ian Buckley is a play with secrets. So much so, that it is difficult to review the play without revealing the plot, and thereby the secrets, and ruining it for future audiences. The secrets are deep and dark, and are revealed piece-by-painful-piece throughout this cracking slow-burner of a play. And there is a relationship. It’s not giving away too much to say there is a relationship -between two people who made a connection from the very moment they met.
The two-hander cuts expertly between soliloquy, revealing the inner monologues of Liz, a 40-something school secretary, and Alan, a hunky fireman, and real-time action. A danger, which Buckley largely avoids, is slowing down the pace, and instead the technique allows the audience to see what happens but also hear each character’s thoughts about it. This allows an intimate portrayal of the relatio