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With such an array of emotions being dealt with in such a diversity of circumstances, there is no doubt at least one of these monologues will resonate with a personal experience that you have gone through.
The first two pieces by Alice Kerrigan and Laura Loutit began with a light-hearted tone, which was the perfect way to introduce the audience to the high calibre of acting that was to be put before them for the remainder of the production. It’s early placing was also apt in the sense that the shift in tone later on delivered a far more hard-hitting comparison. Many of the monologues centred around issues concerning romantic relationships. The immense variation in circumstances ranged from adolescent angsts to mature moral decisions by adult characters. However, what remained constant across all the performances was the appropriate maturity that was attached to dealing with the issues within each situation.
One actor who cannot go unmentioned, and deserves a substantial portion of this review, is Evie Hooton. The effortlessness in her transition from bubbly daughter to grief-stricken sister is testament to her being the undeniable star of the show. Initially jokingly complaining about always going on walking holidays in the UK while her friends sun it up in Spain, her humorous tone is then replaced with one of absolute seriousness as she witnesses her younger brother Max dressing up in their mother’s clothes. The sharp contrast of performance tenderly plays with the audience’s heartstrings and Hooton’s swiftness in bringing a tear to her eye would leave even the most hard-hearted of individuals moved.
With such an array of emotions being dealt with in such a diversity of circumstances, there is no doubt at least one of these monologues will resonate with a personal experience that you have gone through. Beautifully performed, relatable and with much variation, this is a company that you should not miss. Make sure to book your ticket quickly for the next production fromThe Theatre Workshop, and maybe bring a box of tissues too.