Somebody I Used to Know
  • By Isla VT
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  • 2nd Aug 2014
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  • ★★★★

This one-on-one theatre experience, which explores human connection in the age of Facebook, is a vulnerable and yet surprisingly comfortable invitation into the story of Claire and her friend Andrew and the all-too-relatable story of their drifting apart. The production takes place in a porter-cabin, transformed into a cosy, slightly cluttered girl’s bedroom, complete with all the elements needed for Claire Gaydon (both actress and character share the same name) to tell her story: an overhead projector, screen, saxophone etc. I should say at this point, for those who might be intimidated by being the sole audience member, do not be afraid. Despite my apprehension Claire immediately made me feel welcome and easy conversation flowed. In fact, the feeling of familiarity increased throughout the show, giving the sense that one was sitting talking with a new friend. I was regaled with stories from Claire’s teenage memories of youth theatre as we sat together on armchairs. As she shared sweets (and a rum and coke) with me she also shared the moving and relatable story of her friendship with Andrew.

This moving and creative production is an enjoyable and reflective experiences. Be sure you catch this chance to spend twenty charming minutes as part of something very special.

There is nothing particularly exceptional or extraordinary about the story, but that is what makes it so beautiful and relatable. The experience is made unique by both the intimacy of the space and the constant connection between audience and performer, as well as the intriguing use of multimedia. Film projections, Facebook photos, and a live sax performance by Claire herself break up and flawlessly compliment, her storytelling. The use of taste, smell, sound and visuals make this a truly immersive experience for your senses. Gaydon must be commended on her performance, natural and engaging throughout--she crafted moments of humour, tenderness, and sadness with alacrity. This moving and creative production is an enjoyable and reflective experiences. Be sure you catch this chance to spend twenty charming minutes as part of something very special. 

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The Blurb

Does technology really bring us closer together? At fourteen Claire met best friend, Andrew. They bonded over The Simpsons, Mario Kart and Marlboro Reds. Before long they were inseparable. As is so often the case with childhood friends, their lives took different directions and they eventually drifted apart. It's been six years since they last saw each other... Explore how we connect with the people we care about in this unique, personal and interactive one-on-one experience. A chance to remember those we have almost forgotten. 'A talent to keep an eye on' (List).