Truth Will Out charts the lives of six students, during an evening that begins with light-hearted banter but ends up with the discovery of much more sinister truths. Plot and pace are good and tension builds as the story unfolds.
From the outset we are led to expect a certain amount of bed-hopping, but this alone cannot explain Jack’s nervous and avoidant behaviour. Lin Robinson, a Sussex playwright who also directed the piece, skilfully weaves several stories together to reveal distinct traits of each character. Robinson is an actor who founded the Millennium Touring Company in the 1990s and her direction shows insight, relevance and power.
Ash is the butt of many jokes and much mischief-making, because he looks for intrigue at every turn and often gets the wrong end of the stick. It doesn’t stop him stirring and fishing for gossip as his friends struggle to rein him in. Ally Goldberg, known for her role as Alice in ITV’s Mr Selfridge, makes an important appearance as the mysterious outsider Olivia.
Each character is well-defined with a back-story, and the group of friends experience a cocktail of emotions as they look back on the last twelve months - and in particular a party that would change the course of all their lives forever. Expect discussion of Dante’s Inferno that is illuminating, informative and contemporary, and a game about ghosts that triggers more than one memory.
Love, loss, treachery and betrayal are central themes, and the audience is left asking how much of this is intentional and calculated. Accidental horror and swift, unthinking reactions lead to an alcohol-fuelled chain of events that spiral out of control. More than one unexpected cover-up shakes the group of friends and a final twist brings the play to a stark conclusion.
I recommend this debut play. Robinson is a playwright to watch, and it’s good to see the support for emerging talent, too.