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THEATRE REVIEW: Walden ★★★★

Enclosed within a rustic cabin in the middle of the wilderness is Stella (Gemma Arterton) and Bryan (Fehinti Balogun), who as we come to realise at the beginning of Amy Berryman’s play Walden, are a little on edge, as they wait for the arrival of Stella’s sister, Cassie (Lydia Wilson), a Astronaut who has just returned from a year long trip to the Moon as a Botanist. We as the audience sense that there might be a little more to Cassie’s visit then a glass of Red Wine, or a bottle of Bryan’s Brew, but we learn to be patient, and instead watch as these sisters slowly reopen old wounds, particularly for Stella. Predominantly based within the cabin, Walden serves as a character driven play; Bryan identifies as an EA, an Earth Activist who believes in nurturing the ground around him, and the scenes between him and Cassie are the most revealing in opening up the discussion surrounding the absent, for Cassie and Stellam have had personal losses which they both have see

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