Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Date: Jan 28 – Feb 15 Feb 2003
Director: Lu Kemp
Miloš – Damien Goodwin
Shota – Helen Coker
Marko – Philip Ralph
Handley – Daniele Lydon
Although the Balkan conflict did not centre on a clearly defined theatre of war, it had a passionately active fringe: and here the barrage of offstage fire comes from a husband and wife feuding over a drinks machine.
Their son, Marko, has had his nose shot to pieces in the crossfire, and now spends his time trying to fix the focus of conflict so that it will dispense a can of Coke. It is this random mixture of absurdity and violence that makes Dunkley's play so believable.
Dunkley introduces the figure of a traumatised western journalist (convincingly played by Daniele Lydon) to play abusive mind-games with the inhabitants of the bar. Philip Ralph is outstanding as Marko, but the magnificent Damien Goodwin dominates as the drunk, deranged and palpably unpleasant Milos. His bleary waltz with a dead pig to the Beatles' Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite has to be seen to be believed. Or disbelieved, as the case may be." Alfred Hickling