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Mr Bragg and Miss McKenzie - abandoned in a box on the steps of Mount Pleasant sorting office ("my parents knew I'd be sent somewhere better") - are custodians of all the world's lost and undelivered letters. On a remote rock with only the wind and the seagulls for company, they play poker (two first class stamps to Rangoon beat an Airmail to Australia) and snap, and engage in a pas de deux of envelopes in which their own lost stories and words are enmeshed with all the undelivered narratives of the world. ... this tale of lost loves and stories sent but not received has real charm. This fledgling, fragile work is still largely unformed, but it confidently melds text and physical work in a little show that demonstrates loads of promise.

Lyn Gardner, 07/08/06, Guardian Unlimited

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On a remote island, postal workers Mr Bragg and Miss McKenzie spend their days sorting post that has failed to reach its intended recipients. With only each other for company, they read the lost letters, re-enacting their contents with playful innocence.

Wistful, dreamy and gently funny, ChoppedLogic's Paramour is a delightful show, effortlessly combining text with graceful physical theatre. Simply staged, the relentlessly inventive pair conjure worlds using nothing more than their bodies and the sea of letters that litter the floor. Even the prosaic act of drinking coffee becomes an enchanting spectacle as they fashion cups out of envelopes.

A first class production that really delivers, this is a joyful love-letter to the romantic possibilities of pen and paper, making you yearn for those halcyon days before the advent of email.

4 Stars/5 CC, Metro, 25/08/06
This sweet and peculiar little show is set in an otherworldly office for sorting lost mail. Its occupants, Miss McKenzie (Cassie Werber) and her boss Mr Bragg (Gilbert Taylor), are charged with redirecting letters to their intended recipients, but they prefer to open and read them, or simply play surreal games with them. This might look like a satire on the indifference of postal workers, were it not for the playful spirit of this ChoppedLogic production, underlined by a soundtrack of Eastern European folk music and Sophie Neil's fanciful design, built around a hammock full of mail.

When Miss McKenzie discovers a package addressed to her, it provides a gateway into an alternate universe - the tragic love story of a double-bass player and a Russian beauty. Gradually and subtly, this allows the two colleagues to express the erotic yearnings implicit in their working relationship. ..the inventive use of movement and the endearingly deadpan performances quickly establish a quaint, tender mood which is hard to resist.

3 Stars/5 Andrew Burnet, The Scotsman, 23/08/06
A couple in boots and aprons are knee-deep in letters. Far away in an isolated depot on a far, outflung island, their job is to sort all our lost mail but you easily forgive them for getting distracted by both the monotony and the surprises they find hidden in the piles of correspondence. This innovative piece from ChoppedLogic offers subtle humour and visual gags that weave the happy-sad tale as their feelings keep on getting short-circuited by the letterwriters' own emotions. As they read, time slips back until stories within stories are told that may or may not connect with the present, while the events of the characters from the past spiral magically around the love that neither speaks of. Gilbert Taylor and Cassie Werber perform with engaging fluidity in a witty script that operates with an equally witty physical approach. Highlighting the plot are snatches of dance and scenes such as the idle joy of juggling paper or the gentle eroticism of Taylor playing Werber's body like a double-bass. Even drinking from paper cups becomes a mini set-piece.

Thanks to an evocative soundtrack and Sophie Neil's design that includes a huge hammock filled with post suspended above the actors, the atmosphere is complete. Already a delightful piece, with more development and budget, this has the potential to be a feature on the international circuit.

Nick Awde, The Stage, 15/08/06
A well crafted show so simple, you won't realise how enjoyable it is till its over. There are only two players in Paramour, a pair of eccentric lost souls, drawn to the job of sorting the country's lost post on a lonely island. These charming characters gradually realise their mutual feelings by reading other peoples undelivered love letters. The crisp simplicity of the play and moments of physical theatre that don't always flow leave you feeling that there's nothing happening. But that's just the subtlety of the emotional build that eventually kicks in towards the end. Exploring loneliness and considering all the things that are never said, this is a slow burner that's worth your patience for its lingering tenderness.

RP, Three Weeks, 15/08/06

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