Like the virus itself, online theatre has come in waves. For much of its 75-minute duration, Stewart Melton’s play seems to belong to the first – that time last spring when writers were preoccupied with disconnection and loneliness. By the autumn, artists were looking outward and playing with form, which makes Melton’s tale of three lost souls, one of them newly furloughed, feel like it’s from an earlier time.
Except there’s something in the structure of Distance Remaining that suggests a new variant. It is slow to reveal itself and we don’t always know where the digressions are taking us, but this could be the third wave: a Covid play offering the possibility of hope. [READ MORE]