Tim Crouch is masterful in this two-person play where only he has previously read the script. We saw the incredible Gina McKee step up and into the shoes of the protagonist.
An Oak Tree at Soho Theatre
An Oak tree is a two-person play with a difference. Tim Crouch plays a stage hypnotist seeking a volunteer for his act. Every performance is unique because the second actor (playing the volunteer, a bereaved parent) changes every night, and they don’t know the story or the script.
Soho Theatre was a great home for the play, the perfect size, utilitarian rather than plush; the perfect setting for art-house theatre.
We saw the excellent Gina McKee fill the role of grieving parent (usually played by a man). The result was an incredible collaboration. It was quickly apparent that the hypnotherapist was the driver that had killed the parent’s child, and the story unfolded with the spontaneity of a real-life encounter. At times uncomfortable, occasionally stilted but always enthralling.
There’s an interesting Guardian interview, with Tom Crouch, where he talks about celebrity guests such as Mike Myers.