It's all gawky comedy until insecurities trigger an act of violence that comes to haunt them both.
15 years later and Jim is an unsatisfied thirty-something with a job in the fish factory and an overbearing, emotionally unstable 19-year-old girlfriend called Pocahantas (Amy Lennox). Then Ramona returns, unexpected, to confess something to Jim.
As the 80 minute drama switches between teenage and adult characters, the core element of the story feels tender and there's enough intrigue to entertain. The characters are a little overwritten - often voicing nuggets of self-analysis that would be better left to the audience to ponder. The scenes set in the caravan park, where two nerdy teens negotiate the thrill and disappointment of finally finding a connection - are by far the strongest. By comparison the present day feels a little laced with cliche, especially stereotype-soaked portrayal of Pocahantas as the 'psycho-girlfriend' 'damaged goods' and 'needy diva'.
At its best Ramona Tells Jim is a warm, well-observed portrait of being young and being different. Playwright Sophie Wu has an ear for naturally funny dialogue and makes the whole kooky lovestory trope feel fresh. We look forward to seeing what she does next.
|What||Ramona Tells Jim, Bush Theatre review|
|Where||Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Shepherd's Bush Market (underground)|
18 Sep 17 – 21 Oct 17, Matinee, captioned and audio described performances available
|Website||Click here to book now|