Still Alice, Sheffield Theatre

I have not seen the film or read the book, so did not have them to compare to. I knew it was about a lady, with early onset dementia. I imagine the book features some first person, so Alice voices what is in her head. In this play, there is an actress following the character of Alice who voices some of the thoughts in her head. This device was used sparingly. To some extent it needed to be, because the voice of her thoughts could not overlap, the other characters talking on stage. However, it did not give depth to her thoughts and reflect how complex someone’s thinking is.

The play was an hour and a half straight through, therefore limited time to develop characters and plot. It was a pleasant watch, but for me lacked poignancy.

A previous post about early onset dementia.

https://wordpress.com/posts/wonderwall360.blog?s=dementia

Liz v Upcastle Downcastle

These two shows are both on tonight at tomorrow night at 9.05pm at The Space on Northbridge. They both have historical settings with modern jokes thrown in.

Upcastle downcastle centres around King Arthur, Lancelot and the holy grail. It is a pantomime for adults.

Liz is centred around Elizabeth 1 it is a comedy musical. It could easily work on a bigger scale, but it was good to be so close to a musical.

Having seen both, I would recommend seeing both. Go to both prepared for a little silliness.

Rainbow 🌈 Baby (Edinburgh fringe review)

Rainbow baby is the term for a child born after a miscarriage, still birth or soon after birth. In this case the term rainbow baby also relates to the rainbow 🌈 colours used to represent gay pride. It looks at a lesbian couple’s journey towards having a baby. To add another layer of interest they are v logging their journey. Therefore the show looks at reactions to this type of vloggimg; both negative and positive. It also looks at the difficult situation of handling the loss of a pregnancy which has been widely publicised on social media when then want privacy.

Beep; a show about men beeping if tell a lie (Edinburgh fringe review)

The premise is that all men are fitted with implants that beep if they lie by government ruling. Of course got to suspend the disbelief at how quick government are able to pass and implant men. But it is a really fascinating concept. It reminded me of Patrick Ness The Knife of never letting go where men’s thoughts are audible.

In this show the focus is 6 late teens / early 20s; 4 men who get the implant and two girl’s. One of the girls is in a relationship with one of the men but, has just slept with his best mate one of the other three; so there is the pressure of keeping that secret which brings suspense to the show. There are some good performances and a cast of 6 allows different permutations of the group to be on stage at different times which adds interests. As well as drama there is also comedy.

SPOILER ALERT

Interestingly it actually the girl in the love triangle, rather than the man that is more feeling urge to blurt out the truth. When she, eventually does it has fatal consequences. The blood of the murderer pulling out his implanted chip is very realistic.

Jennifer Lack Narratively Speaking; exploration of representing mental health in arts (Edinburgh Fringe review).

Used the setting of an author giving a book tour talk,as a vehicle to discuss mental health and representing mental health in literature. For the show letters to Virgina Woolf, had been constructed to be read as extracts, from the fictional book at the centre of the show. The letters were like diary extracts, for the fictional books protagonist; a teenage girl grieving for her Grandmother her committed suicide by drowning like Virgina Woolf. The show explores how difficult, it is trying to linerase someone’s mental health. I have not said; mental health problems because everyone has mental health and like physical  health sometimes it is good and sometimes it is not. The letters were brought to life by the dramatisation, in a way that they would not have been if had just been reading a book. Interesting to think about how mental health issues can be represented in arts. During the Fringe a good representation of anxiety was Mission Her and Brawn gave an insight into male body dysmophia.

Mission Her for anyone suffering with anxiety or supporting someone suffering with anxiety…. (Edinburgh Fringe Review)

Brawn – A story of male body dismorphia (Edinburgh fringe review)

Jennifer Lack Narratively speaking is a good show to see for anyone interested in mental health or the process of book writing. It is akin to a book club, with author present to discuss book; apart from don’t bget tyo discuss during show, but it leaves you with thoughts to ponder.

It is at The Space at Jury’s inn, until Saturday.

I love you but; a play about coercive control (Edinburgh fringe)

A play illustrating what coercive control is. This is topical, after the introduction last year of the law against cocercive control.  The topic was also covered in the Archer’s last year.  It shows the fine line between loving behavior and controlling; which makes it harder to identify than physical abuse but; it can be as devastating. The play was interesting and featured some solid performances. It is at  TheSpace at Northbridge at 14.35 until Saturday 25th August.

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Breathing Corpses (Edinburgh Fringe Review)

Another show continue my Fringe death theme. Featuring both suicide and murder. Also covers two way domestic violence within a heterosexual relationship, empty nest syndrome and male mental illness. The hotel cleaner’s character provided a touch of humour and romance to really make this a rich show. Great performances including from last minute stand in, who read Off the script. At TheSpace on the Mile 12.25 until Saturday.

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