What does police protection mean? Who are they protecting? From whom? This fascinating play addresses these questions from the point of view of the police officer, his victim, the victim’s mother and the officer’s wife.
Ian Lake is the police officer, who is doing his job, trying to protect the public from a psychotic young man, trying to protect the young man from himself and trying to protect himself. A really excellent performance of the guy caught in the middle, struggling with balancing job and family demands. I love watching Ian – he gets better with every role.
Michelle Monteith plays his wife, struggling with post partum depression and loneliness. Her state of depression mirrors the depression of the victim,(Colin Mercer) a young man who has gone off to university full of hope and happiness, only to have the black dog descend from nowhere. His mother played by Susan Coyne has the same reaction to her son’s problem that we all would have – irritation that he doesn’t respond to her helpful suggestions, total conviction that the police were abusive and that her son had done nothing wrong, and panic that she cannot help her child!
Very strong performances by the whole cast and a well structured and interesting play. You wonder if you should recommend it to parents with kids who are suffering from depression, or whether it would be too hard for them to watch.