Deutsche Übersetzung des Zwei-Personen-Stücks "Wreckage" von Tom Ratcliffe, das 2022 im Rahmen des Edinburgh Fringe Festivals am Harlow Playhouse uraufgeführt wurde.
Das Stück wurde mit dem "Lustrum Award" ausgezeichnet und feierte im Januar 2023 London-Premiere im Turbine Theatre.
Die deutschsprachige Erstaufführung von "Trümmer/Wreckage" fand am 26. Juli 2023 im Theater das Zimmer in Hamburg im Rahmen der "Hamburg Pride Week" statt.
Aufführungsrechte bei Concord Theatricals
Über das Stück
"I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you."
Sam and his fiancé Noel have been together for years. They have a house, a cat and their whole lives ahead of them. But when a sudden and permanent distance crashes into their relationship, it falls upon Sam to discover where their story goes from here.
Harlow Playhouse presents this new work by Tom Ratcliffe. Wreckage is a touching story about continuing bonds and love that only evolves, and never dies.
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“Tom Ratcliffe's polished and compassionate script paints a gay couple's relationship with a level of real-life complexity that's not often seen in theatre...”
"The heartrending Fringe hit Wreckage from Wildcard Theatre’s co-Executive Director Tom Ratcliffe lands at Battersea’s Turbine Theatre. Kicking off 2023 with a mix of anguish and tenderness, this gripping two-hander is a sensitive and honest exploration of love and grief.
We meet Noel and Sam, an idyllic young couple who seem to have the perfect life, until one morning Noel dies in a sudden car accident. As the audience is taken on a journey through the stages of Sam’s grief, we witness him tackle life with the figment of Noel unwaveringly by his side – sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.
Ratcliffe’s writing is strong. The script is well-honed, squeezing a lifetime into 60 minutes with an impressive amount of depth. Intertwining just enough light and humour to offer respite from the darker sections, it is thoroughly balanced and fleshed out.
It is the understated moments of humanity that are the most memorable in the play, making more of an impact than most of the highly emotional parts. A playful scene where Sam first meets his new lover Christian comes to mind, as well as moments that reveal the more subtle heartaches that come with losing a loved one; tasks like gardening, which Noel favoured, are difficult for Sam. [...]
The piece carefully explores the complexities of falling in love again after loss. Although Sam knows that Noel would be proud of him for finding someone new, he cannot avoid the feelings of betrayal. These feelings manifest themselves as Noel, but of course we know that this figure is just an amalgamation of his own guilt, grief and strength. Importantly, Wreckage demonstrates that there is no ‘getting over it’, but there can be getting through it."
Franky Lynn | The Indiependent
"Tom Ratcliffe's touching two-hander gives emotionally heightened new meaning to the phrase 'giving up the ghost'..."
"Tom Ratcliffe’s polished and compassionate script paints a gay couple’s relationship with a level of real-life complexity that’s not often seen in theatre. As we move between the past, present and, eventually travel into the future, a conflict over who controls the narrative of the men’s memories and decides what happens next is lived out in Sam’s head. As the effects of Sam’s mental state on this imagined reality become clear, we realise that it’s perhaps not Noel that’s the problem, but Sam’s need to hold on to what they once had together which, however painful, he must now leave behind.
At times heart-breaking, but ultimately hopeful and passionately performed (by Ratcliffe and Michael Walters), it’s a story that, like a well-oiled traction engine, ramps up the emotion, set against the couple’s beautiful garden-facing home which, through one particularly wrenching scene, is destroyed. A final scene that sees Sam find a healthier way to simultaneously honour the past and move on from it leaves a good chunk of the audience in tears. As we weep, the two men hold hands and head off into the light.
Sally Stott | The Scotsman
"A beautiful and important queer love story."
Wreckage | Interviews feat Tom Ratcliffe, Michael Walters & Rikki Beadle-Blair
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