David Kerby-Kendall’s second play The Moon is Halfway to Heaven lives and breathes in its celebration of friendship. Special praise goes to Paul Burgess’s set, in particular the use of the moon as a portal that rewinds us through the decades.
There is a genuine sentiment behind this play that makes it so touching.
David Kerby-Kendall’s low key two-hander is perfectly suited to the intimate setting of Jermyn Street Theatre.
Joe Frederick’s production excels in its sense of fun, genuinely funny and moving.
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In the role of Jamie, Lucas Hare excels. David Kerby-Kendall’s writing, like his portrayal of Paul, is both touchingly witty and heartfelt. Watching Kerby-Kendell’s characters grow in age and love for one another does what all good theatre should – takes its audience on a journey and empathy is easily achieved when actors truly inhabit and understand their character.
A well crafted study of what true friendship means, The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven sits comfortably between Blood Brothers, Waiting for Godot and Blue Remembered Hills as a charming portrayal of growing up and growing old.
It is credit to Joe Fredericks’ subtle direction here and the finely balanced performances that this is simply presented without any attempt to overplay the subtext.
The Moon is Half Way to Heaven is a bitter-sweet evening, heavy on the Kleenex. With a strong creative team, assured writing and compelling performances. I would defy anyone to look twice at the moon and just left to the Sea of Tranquillity …..somebody waving….