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theatre proved a great success in
writes: Lasting a mere 45 minutes and set in a jeweller’s shop, the tightly
written, one-set drama focused on four characters whose individual misfortunes
seemed to have switched by play’s end. Dennis, played by John Howarth whose
credits include Hollyoaks, and Victoria (Ruth Evans) run a jewellery
shop. His hard-nosed approach to life alienates people but deep down he is also
in denial about a personal tragedy relating to his son, something never
addressed in the play but serving to fuel speculation amongst the audience.
Customer Leanne’s (Barbara Jemmett) pregnancy is overshadowed by her partner David's (Cassian Wheeler) business troubles. This leads to a powerful, well executed exchange of emotions between Dennis and David over the pawning of Leanne's engagement ring. The line, "What do you want in life?" uttered by Dennis makes the audience work while keeping them guessing as to which chapter of his life David will decide to save. With the diamond ring being used as a metaphor for life, David finally rises above Dennis' taunts and gamesmanship and walks out with Leanne to prove that he doesn't need to sell an object to save his life.
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