Known

Snippet Theatre Company is a new company made up of talented young graduates who have a very bright future. Snippet specialises in verbatim theatre - documentary style plays based on real first hand interviews - and Known follows the community in Welsh town Porthmadog a few years after the shocking murder of a teenage girl.

There are seven performers who all play multiple parts. They build layers of the community; presenting a town that relies heavily on tourism, where everyone knows each other and each other's business.

This is a slick show and there are a couple of standout performances, but the ensemble also work together well as a whole. At times it seems almost as if the piece is choreographed; they move in and out of scenes and around each other characters with such grace.

There are seven performers who all play multiple parts. They build layers of the community; presenting a town that relies heavily on tourism, where everyone knows each other and each other's business. With no club teenagers head to the beach with cans of Fosters and everyone talks of leaving but of one day coming back. It's not until the end of the piece that we hear from a family whose life was destroyed by the aforementioned murder. Most of the other interviews are light, funny and paint a picture of people sticking together and trying not to incriminate their hometown too much. I wanted to hear more from the people who were devastated by this tragedy. It's understandably a difficult topic to interview people about and perhaps they couldn't get people to agree to talk about it, but I would have liked to have seen more of the darker moments and a deeper portrayal of people trying to pick up the pieces of a broken life.

Snippet raised funds to bring Known to Brighton Fringe through a successful kick-starter crowdfunding campaign and I hope their backers continue to support them in the future. Too often talented theatre companies disappear after a few successful plays due to lack of funds and I would hate this to happen to Snippet.

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What happens to those who are left to rebuild community life? Snippet focuses on one small town in North Wales, through the use of verbatim, on how a society reacts to the murder of a young woman. “A poignant, important, eloquent, dramaturgically and stylistically exquisite performance that did artistic justice to a community tragedy.” (Mojisola Adebayo - actor, playwright and director).

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