Love is Not Enough by Justin Marosa, Bussey Building, Peckham

Published: Sunday, August 26, 2012 9:10 | Review by: Ronke Lawal |
Love is Not Enough [Image credit Alex Lambretchs] Love is Not Enough [Image credit Alex Lambretchs]

As the title of the play refers to, some things in life are not enough but in this case some things can be too much. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed this play directed by Justin Marosa and produced by Charles Yassin. The scene is set when we meet the central character; Tamara (Shanika Warren-Markland) in her Fiancé Brian’s (Tim Wade) psychologist office. As the scene of love is set we get an insight into the pain that Tamara has dealt with through her life; stemmed from a dark family secret that she has tried to suppress but Brian compels her explore. Moving onto The Notting Hill Carnival; which is also the day of Tamara’s father’s memorial a tangled web of lies and secrets in unwoven.


I suspect that this will not be the last play we shall see from Justin Marosa and Charles Yassin and rightly so, there is certainly the potential for some great stage productions from this talented pair.

The direction of this play has to be commended given the overwhelming story line layers in this play. I do not wish to give away too much of the plot as there are certainly many surprises, in fact there were too many. The central secret which is the basis of this production is lost and so by the time it is revealed it is not as shocking as one would expect; in fact you almost guess it given the gravity of the other secrets revealed through the course of the play. I would have preferred much subtler presentations of the intricacies of family despair and anguish. The matriarch played by Lee Halliday-Davis provided a worthy mainstay throughout the story. Bevan Celestine(Blue) and Ricci Mcleod (Target) provided some superb comic relief, albeit the stereotypical mannerisms becoming tiresome at times.


Love is Not Enough [Image credit Alex Lambretchs] Love is Not Enough by Justin Marosa [Image credit Alex Lambretchs]

Overall the play is good entertainment but there were just too many sub-plots with long drawn out dialogues, which distracted from the poignancy of some of the stronger messages. Fewer characters and a deeper exploration into the impact of the family’s surreptitious past would have made for a much stronger play here. I suspect that this will not be the last play we shall see from Justin Marosa and Charles Yassin and rightly so, there is certainly the potential for some great stage productions from this talented pair.


Love is Not Enough [Image credit Alex Lambretchs] Love is Not Enough [Image credit Alex Lambretchs]


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Love is Not Enough is at the Bussey Building until August 31, 2012


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