A phenomenal hour of emotional, immersive, funny and gut-wrenching theatre
A phenomenal hour of emotional, immersive, funny and gut-wrenching theatre. Written and performed by the outstanding Remy Beasley, Do Our Best follows 30-year-old Welsh Girl Guide Sephie as she attempts to achieve her entertainer badge for the fourth time in the wake of her mother's death. Somewhat egotistical and hyperactive, she recollects her life and her previous badge attempts in this rollercoaster show of emotions.
One of the biggest stand-out aspects of this show was the amazing writing and electric performance from Remy Beasley. From the moment you enter the small theatre within the Underbelly, Beasley prances around the auditorium and prepares for the show. She is an outstanding character actor who, with great ease, is able to encapsulate the audience and bring them into Sephie’s world. With interactive moments that fit the theme of the show, it is incredibly immersive as you begin to piece together Sephie’s life and the issue she struggles with. Beasley has written a show which will make you laugh as much as it will move you; a truly heartfelt masterpiece.
She is additionally joined by stage manager Caitlin, who adds to some of the moments as she controls the lights and sound from the side of the stage. This was another great aspect which was well done as the choreography, sound, light and set design (consisting of a large blow up of Sephie’s face) really add to the emotional moments of the show. The show is also paced well, no moment feels dull as it keeps you constantly engaged.
Do Our Best is a masterpiece, a powerful and passionate story of a girl’s life long quest to find herself and deal with her demons. It is one of the stand out shows of the festival. Remy Beasley, both in her writing and performance, has very much proven herself as an up and coming star, and I look forward to seeing her future work.