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 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.