Reviewed By: gold1104
Review Date: 7/25/17 3:45 pm
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I have to admit I'm a sucker for a Cally-based B7 episode.
The character was tragically underused in the 3 seasons in which she appeared on TV, and its nice that Big Finish are making up for this with plays like this one plus Jacqueline Rayner's (also very good) MINDSET from 2015.
Jan Chappell is a wonderful performer and manages to give the character layers as well as making her (arguably) the most likeable and well-adjusted character among the regulars (in that despite the personal tragedy of the loss of Auron, she doesn't appear to be neurotic or obsessed with revenge).
CLOSE ENOUGH is a very accomplished piece of work and I hope we'll be having more scripts from Sophia McDougall in the future. Whist there is an element of the action/adventure story present, it's rather more of a subtle character piece in which Avon's inner life is also explored in a highly unusual and unique way.
There's an oddly claustrophobic feel throughout CLOSE ENOUGH, perhaps enhanced by the play's themes of intimacy and personal space, as well as the fact that the cast seems a little smaller than usual.
Rising to this challenge, Paul Darrow gives what must rank as his best ever performance on audio simply because he's so understated. He seems to instinctively understand here that less is more.
Charlotte Watson's Imra is also worthy of praise for her work as well, and Keith Drinkel (Kaverin) manages to be memorable despite his relatively small role.
Fans of Tarrant and Vila may be somewhat disappointed by their absence here (although the presence of OUTPOST in the SPOILS OF WAR boxset is something of a consolation.)
The sound design is superb and so is Nigel Fairs' unobtrusive but effective score.
My only complaint is that it could have been a bit longer, so interesting are the issues raised.