Review: ‘Potosí’

Review of ‘Potosí’ by Jonathan Oakman.

The Oxford Culture Review

Potosí, running this week at the Burton Taylor Studio, is a thoughtful exploration of ideas about intimacy in different kinds of relationships. Set entirely within the bedroom of wayward English literature undergraduate Matthew (Tom Pease), the audience is thrown into the drama as he brings home a younger boy, James (Shrai Popat), from a nightclub. Written by Oxford student Jonathan Oakman, the play unfolds over their evening together, by turns both poignant and humorous.

Such a personal staging suited the Burton Taylor Studio perfectly, allowing the audience to engage closely with the actors rather than feeling somewhat voyeuristic, which could easily have happened in a larger space. The on-stage chemistry between Pease and Popat was convincing throughout, although Pease inhabited Matthew’s cynical, Casanova-like persona with a little more ease than Popat in James’s more naïve and idealistic character. The dialogue was well-paced and keenly observed, refreshing in its…

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