No, not the last show I am ever going to see. The Last Show is a work written by Gwydion Beynon and the cast, the very talented Toni Morkel and Roberto Pombo, directed by the equally talented Jemma Kahn, so I really was pleased that I managed to catch it at the 969 Festival at Wits on Sunday 14 July 2013 after its run at the National Arts Festival.
The work is dark, supposedly comedy, but in reality its drama is stronger than its humour, although there are some distinctly amusing moments. It centres around the changed (humbled) circumstances of a woman and her son after a split in the marriage of the mother. They move from Dainfern to Brixton and don’t enjoy the change.
The skill of the actors in making this rather difficult work come to life is enormous. At one point there is an “oopsie” moment. The newspaper is thrown and instead of coming in through the window it falls outside of the demarcated living area. This doesn’t throw the experienced Toni Morkel at all and she simply “goes outside” to fetch it. It doesn’t slow the pace, intrude or worry anyone. It simply happens, just as the newspaper will sometimes not land where it is supposed to land in real life. No big deal. That kind of aplomb is a tribute to a superb cast and able direction.