Lakeside Theatre’s most recent production, The Kiss by Glyn Cannon, is
a story of middle-class life gone awry.
Kate and Will retire to the countryside, aiming to live the life of Guardian weekend supplements;
renovating farmhouses, writing children’s books and having affairs
with fellow parents. But their stability is threatened when an old
friend decides to impose on them for a couple of days, intent on
questioning their lifestyle, marriage and all they stand for.
The Kiss is a character-driven piece, which switch the audience’s
sympathies scene after scene. Griff, the interloper, is the highlight
here, so convinced he is always right, unaware that he’s able to
demolish other people’s lives whilst having nothing to show for his
own. His presence sparks an analysis of intellectual copyright and the
right to an idea, which soon turns into the question of whether is
about ownership or control, an opinion clearly coloured by his
feelings for Kate.
The main flaw of this play is that despite interesting staging,
strong ideas and a situation ripe for conflict, Cannon never really
gives the audience a reason to care. The stakes seem too small to be
making a statement about life, and the audience is not given the
change to grow attached to the characters before everything falls