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Save Me
On from 04 Sep 2012 till 29 Sep 2012
Union Theatre
by Caroline af Petersens
Genre(s): New Writing, Drama

Tickets: £15 / (£12 concessions) - Discounts available on group bookings of 6 or more, contact sherry@spiltmilktheatre.com

About: Save Me

MEET THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MAN, BEHIND GATSBY
Spilt Milk Theatre premieres SAVE ME – a never-before seen play, filled with romanticism and ruin.
SAVE ME explores the relationship between F. Scott Fitzgerald and his astonishing wife, Zelda. In contrast to many of the Fitzgerald and Gatsby influenced pieces currently out, SAVE ME places equal, if not greater focus on Zelda's experience of the world and how their passion-fuelled relationship affected both her husband's writing and her own mental state.
This is the story of the real life 'beautiful and damned'.

Told through a series of non-linear vignettes, the play documents the Fitzgerald’s literary triumphs and personal tragedies. A mixture of music, video production and live performance takes the audience on an enticing journey through the fashionably opulent 20s; an era when nothing was done in moderation.
The action of the play is based around real people and events. As Zelda struggles to find her artistic identity in the shadow of her husband's success, her behaviour becomes more erratic and we are privy to the psychological traumas which saw her repeatedly institutionalised over the last fifteen years of her life. Scott's drinking escalates out of control and threatens not only his relationship with Zelda but also his reputation as a writer and his ability to look after their young daughter, Scottie. Celebrating the intense love that both nourishes and destroys them, SAVE ME blurs fiction with reality through the hazy decadence of the Fitzgeralds' lives.

Reviews

"Love like no other before..."
by Eleni Young for remotegoat on 09/09/12

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Walking into the dimly lit theatre, we are brought into the world of the 1920's. Thrown into the passionate yet destructive world of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, we are taken onto a roller coaster of a ride of the wonders and tragedies that success and the abuse thereof can bring.

How do I sum up this vibrant, artistic and exciting production without giving everything away? Let me see if I can try...

This production is wonderfully written and directed and intimate surroundings created make you feel as if you are sitting in the characters living room in real life.

The play opens at the end of the production before starting at the real beginning. We see Zelda, a vivacious and energetic girl with a love for words, art and letting her hair down. Living with her mother, we see a childish and innocent side to her, and a girl who falls in love with a man called Scott.

Scott is a writer, and a successful one at that. He is just as passionate and full of life as Zelda, a great match you might think, and in many ways, yes. His success somewhat suffocates Zelda and ends with her living in the shadows, kicking and screaming to get out. The chemistry between these two is unlike anything I've seen before on stage. Raw, passionate and incredibly intense, it's joyous and sad to watch, as Zelda is slowly consumed by her husband.

Every character in this production shines wonderfully. From the publisher to the waiter, the 'other woman' to Tanner, the characters all shine with a real depth of character and story telling. Utterly believable, right down to the Southern accents, we are taken on a journey full of love, jealousy, sadness and back to the beginning. Back to their undying love.

This production will have you captivated until the very last moment. Five stars? I wish I could give it six.

*******

Spilt Milk Theatre present Caroline af Petersen’s story of the lives of Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre in a production set between the wars, against the backdrop of the Wall Street crash and the partying jazz age. Each suffered family tragedy at an early age, both having mothers who had lost children and struggled to cope. The effect had lasting impressions on both which, when compounded by the nation’s grief at the horror of the Great War, forged them into stronger, resilient characters. Save Me is one of a trilogy concerning the central theme of war and its consequences socially.

With a total of seventeen scenes over two acts, the play covers many episodes in the couple’s stormy relationship between 1916 and 1940. A cast of nine take us from Alabama to New York and Europe as the Fitzgerald’s story plays out. their fortunes rise and the complexity of their relationship grows. It’s not all plain-sailing though for Zelda is a fiesty yet vulnerable individual, tormented by the influence her husband holds and which she has failed to fully achieve. In this male-dominated world, she has to battle for recognition at every stage, a situation which eventually leads to the asylum. Frustration at Scott’s continual use of her writing yet published under his own name only leads to yet more despair and anguish.

Simon McCabe’s sound design enhances the mood of the writing, making good use of songs from the period, while black and white video in the style of silent movies serves to occupy audience attention during scene changes though adds little to the story-telling aspect other than reinforcing the period setting.

Francis Moore as Scott and Sherry Newton as Zelda are both convincing as separate entities, though their chemistry as man and wife needs honing. Newton plays one of the best drunks I’ve seen and captures the provocative nature of Zelda’s character with panache and conviction. Although not quite pulling off the ‘fearless’ aura when the couple first meet, her character’s fiery nature exudes as the play progresses. Moore gives Scott Fitzgerald a playboy image which works well and seems to spend a lot of the time in various states of undress. Claudette Williams as Mother and Mrs. Moran, together with Laurance Bouvard in the role of Lubov Egorova stand out in supporting roles. This production features on-stage clothing changes aplenty, so it’s just as well that the art-deco costumes are a highlight, particularly those of the ladies. So too is the lighting which captures the atmosphere wonderfully, particularly at home in the sunshine and mid-Atlantic on board an ocean liner. Do keep a keen eye on the table lamps!

By Gareth Richardson
@BargainTheatre

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