Review: Monogamy at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre by Lara Wadey

Monogamy means sharing your life with one person, but what if you shared your kitchen with 5.6 million?

That line was all I knew as I walked into Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on a Tuesday evening, to see this new comedy by Torben Betts, that had just started it’s national tour. Unfortunately ‘due to technical difficulties’ it was running 20 minutes late.

We all know that celebrities portray that they have a perfect life, a little like the rest of us on social media; but behind the scenes we all have the same problems, issues and challenges that have to be dealt with.

I’m actually finding it hard to put words onto paper. The play didn’t really have a worthwhile story line that made you passionate enough to care, nothing that kept you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happened next… but in spite of all that I found myself laughing continuously throughout.

The opening introduced us to Janie Dee, as Caroline Mortimer, filming her show as a TV chef, set in her kitchen at their North London home, was just as it should be. Her PA Amanda (Genevieve Gaunt) won me over straight away with her accent and flair, even though she was off her head on cocaine the whole time.

Once the camera was off, as we met the characters one by one, it was soon apparent that Mortimer’s ‘perfect life’ was actually complete chaos, fuelled by alcohol.

Mortimer, was clearly an unhappy wife that not only covered her emotions and filled a void with alcohol, but had the added excitement of an affair with Graham (Jack Sandle).

Her husband, Mike, (Patrick Ryecart) showed more emotions about his love for golf than his wife or children – yet he was one of my favourite actors. As much as in the real world you wouldn’t warm to him, he was actually very comical.

Their son Leo, (Jack Archer), who returned from university announcing he was a vegan that wanted to become a volunteer in Syria, was was desperate for the relationship he didn’t have with this parents, who in my opinion thought loving him meant throwing money his way by paying his university loans off and buying him property.

Former EastEnders star, Charlie Brooks as Sally, was mentally unstable and didn’t want to lose her husband even after she found out about the affair with Caroline through text messages.

The play was exhausting, much like a soap on Christmas Day; yet it had me laughing all the way through, which can’t be all bad!

Monogamy runs until Saturday 20th May at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Tickets are available from http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/aylesbury-waterside-theatre or call the Box Office on 0844 871 7607.

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