Review: The Last Five Years – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Lyric Theatre

Blunt Fringe Productions present a beautiful and talented musical production of Jason Robert Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years. Starring Amy Lennox as Cathy and Fra Fee as Jamie, this is a production about falling in and out of love. Fra Fee made his name with his role in the 2012 big-screen hit Les Miserables, but his recent performance at the Lyric – proves what a talent he is.

Their story is told entirely through songs but with a clever device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage.  They physically meet on stage only once, at their wedding. It’s beautiful and both tragic at the same time. Cathy is a struggling actress who sees her husband, a successful young writer, started to drift away from her.

Fee and Lennox are both amazing in their performance as Jamie and Cathy. Such incredible talent and stamina for such a demanding show. The stage is simple, 6 blocks are constantly moved from one side of the room to another and the jazz band were brilliant. Each song represents a new stage of the couples life, either forward or backwards.

Amy Lennox is one to watch for the future and hope to see her again in the Lyric.

This is my second experience of Blunt Fringe Production and they just get better and better.

If you get a chance, don’t miss the opportunity to see this beautiful production.

Love Belfast rating 9/10





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