Four Sunsets from TS Theatre Productions, PentaHotel, 20th July
Review by Chloe Rogers
Star rating – 4 stars
Four Sunsets is an incredibly emotional play, following four friends on a trip of a lifetime to Bali. It begins carefree – we see the four girls getting steadily more drunk and their laughter getting louder and longer. Then the character, Ella, drops a bombshell.
As said, this was a very emotional play. At the start, it had the audience laughing along with the girls and their drunken conversations. As the play got further in it began to get sadder as the emotion of the bombshell hits the characters, and the audience. The use of flashbacks highlighted how important Ella was to the three others, both as a group and individually.
The flashbacks showed her in key moments of all their lives – she was there for one friend when she gave birth to her son, was the first true friend of another and looked after her when she was being bullied at school, and she took care of the third friend when she was stuck in an abusive relationship. By showing us this it really cemented how close the four girls were, making Ella’s reveal even more heartbreaking.
The whole show was very believable. Watching these four friends together in Bali, you could almost believe they were really were close and that this was a window into their lives, and not just a scene on a stage. This again made Ella’s shocking secret even sadder to watch – there were definitely a few tears shed in the audience.
The only issue I had was that the transitioning between was a bit jarring. There were a couple of times where the scenes jumped from Bali to a flashback, or moving into a new day, where it took me a minute to adjust and realise this was a new scene and not a continuation of the one before. This wasn’t a big problem, but I feel that just dimming the lights down in between scene changes would make the whole play flow a bit smoother.
Overall, this was an excellent play that really made the audience feel something and connect to the characters.