Though the new pipe is intended to carry liquid gas through west Wales, we instead see how it cuts through three separate lives in Gary Owen’s In The Pipeline.
A trio of monologues, the piece sometimes feels as if it would be best suited for radio. A lively, expressive performance from Rhodri Lewis as train catering worker Andrew lifts the production however, and his animated storytelling as he recounts his delicate and almost accidental relationship with neighbour Alison proves to be the strongest of the three.
Dai’s story is intercut with this, a bleak account of the impact of ‘progress’ on an honest but aging electricity plant worker. Grahame Foxe shoulders all the world-weariness of his character convincingly, though trips up on his lines several times.
Joan’s story is the most poignant, taking the themes of fairytale and Welsh legend and intertwining them with the reality of the upheaval to her life. Meg Wynn Owen narrates this final segment from a book, under the conceit of reading from Joan’s diary – though this again underlines the feeling that these well-crafted, memorable tales would be just as effective when read on the written page or heard over the radio waves.
BONUS PIE REVIEW: Macaroni Cheese – although the tomato slices add texture to an unchallenging piece, this could really do with a little bit extra taste to make it truly memorable.
Ticket information is available on the Traverse website.