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Wish You Weren’t Here comes to Brighton Dome

by Sara Darling

The newly refurbished Brighton Dome Studio space is a delightful blend of classic and cosy but still references its 1930s roots. As I took my seat towards the towering back row on a dreary Thursday night to watch ‘Wish You Weren’t Here’, I was impressed with the number of fellow theatregoers already ensconced to see the two-night performance.

With a scarce stage set, the characters must take the strain, but the witty one-hour performance flew by. The play’s opening scene sets the relationship as sixteen-year-old Mila and her 32-year-old mum, Lorna, have just arrived at their ‘premium’ hotel room in Scarborough, to celebrate her exam results. However, as any teenager might agree, going on holiday to celebrate anything with a parent is quite awks, and the chemistry is so believable, it cuts to the bone. 

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Mother Lorna is played by Eleanor Henderson who does the best she can as a single mum, and although abrupt adores her offspring; whereas earth-loving Mila, played by Olivia Pentelow is more concerned about saving the planet, checking her phone and scattering her nana’s ashes, which she candidly brought in a freezer bag as her nan loved the sea. 

The set design offers multi-layered platforms that transport the audience to the hotel and seaside, and the uncluttered space allows for a sense of intimacy as there is nowhere to escape. With the actors on stage for the full hour, you are truly emotionally invested at all times. 

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One of the play’s greatest strengths lies in its swift rapport and chemistry between the two protagonists. It doesn’t shy away from addressing the realities of everyday relationships to blended families and politics, to more bickering over clothes, social media and sex, presenting each point with empathy. 

Should you see this Brighton Dome production?

Overall, ‘Wish You Weren’t Here’ is a captivating theatrical experience that leaves a lasting impression with its compelling narrative, stellar performances, and poignant themes. 

A Theatre Centre and Sheffield Theatres co-production at the Brighton Dome
Written by Katie Redford and Directed by Rob Watt

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  • Sara Darling

    Sara has many years’ experience as a fashion & lifestyle journalist, she Co-Founded 55 Magazine in 2011 and still styles and writes across a number of print and web titles. With a passion for travel, fashion and adventures, writing is her dream job. She can never say no to a glass of fizz, owns more than ten pairs of leather trousers and is obsessed with new exercise fads. Current fave is Bounce.

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