As a performer and someone who suffers from severe mental health this play meant so much to me. Symbolic, moving, realistic, funny, sad, could keep on with the positive adjectives. - N/A
14 Mar 13
^ I agree so much with the above. I'm usually a musical teatre fan, I need a big chorus, flashy lights and a song and dance to keep me going but this was amazing. It was the first one person show i've ever seen and im determined to watch more. I still don't know exactly what happened at certain points, but to me that's the beauty of it, me and my mum and sister had debates the whole way home over the meaning of the polar bear and the carousel scenes, we still don't agree. Please Nikki, DO ANOTHER SHOW! - Lisa Egan
14 Mar 13
This review was poorly and hastily wrote with a few lies to further make your point. To begin with, I did not leave in "displeasure", I told the actress and the audience that the performance was amazing before leaving the theatre, and could hear the applause travel down the Space 2 staircase.
This was a play about mental health and perception, something so obviously unique to the individual that any attempt to pigeon-hole her suffering for the sake of a clear-cut linear narrative would have been patronising and false. Perhaps you like having all the answers clearly explained, fair enough. But to say there was no context is like saying the Matrix has no CGI! Nikki Norton Shafau is a storyteller born and bred.
The way she brought to life a myriad of weird and wonderful characters, from the touching portrayal of her ailing Grandma to the twisted, flesh torn polar bear ripping her conscience apart, I was in awe of her ability to construct and deconstruct such moving creations with only her physicality to aid her.
I usually detest one-person shows, as it takes an extremely capable performer to maintain my concentration for over 30 minutes let alone 1 hour. But it is a testament to this young performer and her catalogue of witty, lyrical, poignant stories that I didnít think about the bar downstairs once (and Iím a heavy drinker). Although once I did make it to the bar I engaged in more than one discussion about peopleís interpretations of certain scenes and characters; this is a performance that keeps you engaged even after youíve left, unlike Inception, which ebbed away from my memory shortly after seeing it.
I would urge everyone to watch this performance and make your minds up for yourself, as Meyerhold says, great theatre has no consensus, and only terrible plays are entirely loved or hated.
- Jacqueline Anderson
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