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Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona, an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city.

Here at the centre of everything, journeys end and nightmares are born.

I was looking for something a little different and Pomona at the National’s Temporary Theatre was just that. The imagery drew me in from the get go; I love the idea of Cthulhu (it gives off funny Doctor Who vibes) and I wanted to be absorbed into this strange world, whatever it was.

The theatre itself is lovely – a little like a Tardis (I’ll stop with the Who references now). It looks big-ish on the outside but feels cavernous when you get in, which really helped set the atmosphere as we took our seats.

At the beginning of Pomona you get taken into a situation where you don’t really understand the what’s or the whys but you get pulled along with it anyway. The production uses space and lighting very effectively, and there’s an overbearing feeling that you’re in a cavern, adding to the surreal edge of the play.

The cast was fantastic; the characters stood out in their own way, giving the audience time to get to know each of them as you’re meant to. Guy Rhys and Sarah Middleton were two of the highlights for me because of their ‘weird’ nature, something I always gravitate to in a play. And Sam Swann…well, let’s just say the comic value in his delivery was fantastic.

Whilst it wasn’t what I expected it to be, I really enjoyed Pomona. It was fresh, exciting and a little haunting – a must watch.

Pomona is on at the National Theatre until October 10.

★★★★

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