The first act spends quite a bit of time introducing Marcus, (the poster boy of the start-up), Sarah (it’s her first day) and what they do, whilst their ‘victim’ is out cold. It set things up and there are some interesting discussions about justice and revenge. I was eager to see how it was going to play out with Tony and know what he’d been accused of, so found it a little slow, but to be fair to the writer there was a purpose to the gentler first half which is revealed later.
The double act banter well. Sarah’s references to Marcus being uneasy because she’s a woman doing this job assert well, that even though they are here to do something out of the ordinary, everyday work place issues still exist. It’s reasonably funny, but sometimes the jokes don’t land in act one.
Boulton’s portrayal of Marcus is frightening. It’s a treat to see a writer playing his own creation because Boulton gets under the skin of Marcus and is adept at presenting the character as someone who revels in this situation.
Hoare is skilful at showing Sarah’s greenness and inner conflict. Marcus is an old hand, it’s clear he thinks this is a done deal, and is here to kill, but Sarah believes they will get to the truth, so Tony’s demise is not a given for her. Hoare’s intricate depiction of Sarah means she’s likeable at times, which has us questioning our judgment and is unsettling.