5: eating ice cream with your eyes closed

26 Mar

Mmm. The thought of eating ice cream with your eyes closed: tasting every taste more intensely. Guessing the flavours without visual clues.

Mmm. David Brown’s gutsy, brilliant writing. I love this play. Loved it in production in 2003 and love it on the page all these years later.

woman reading play

Reading eating ice cream with your eyes closed

eating ice cream with your eyes closed takes place in a bus stop in a small town, late one night. Three men meet for the first time, get progressively drunker and hide or reveal their secrets.

I love the fact that that this isn’t soap opera. That nothing major or melodramatic happens, but that it’s full of heartfelt emotional drama. The sort that leaves space for the audience to come to their own conclusions.

There’s the sort of language you’d expect from three drunken men, alcohol, cigarettes and drug references, but it’s never gratuitous. It’s a play about identity and masculinity that tackles big issues with a delicate touch. And there is plenty of laughter. No wonder it’s as tasty as a bowl of frozen dessert…

Cast: 3 male

Publisher: Playlab Press

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