A Blue Something REVIEW
“INTRIGUING AND COMPLEX...
ELEGANT AND POETIC..
A Blue Something features a cast of recent graduates from East 15 Acting School who have tri- umphed over Lockdown apathy and delivered an intriguing and complex play to be live streamed from East London’s The Space on the 30th March and 1st April.
This ambitious new play produced by Two Flats Theatre opens with abstracted movement set to radio coverage of weather anomalies. The following sixty minutes unfolds as unpredictably as the weather with an unpacking of how we prefer to hide, escape and distract ourselves rather than find solutions to the feeling of lack in our lives. Though written four years ago, this play resinates deeply with our shared human experience of frustration and lack in 2020.
This thought provoking play was co-directed by Monika Matošević alongside writer, Magali Jeger with movement direction from Sofia Canosa and musical direction by Perrin Pang. Combining movement, music, storytelling and acting this play was rehearsed in the living room of these bub- bled actors, who have refused to let current restrictions hold them back. This play is a glowing example of the resilience of creatives during these bleak times and for this alone this company should be celebrated.
Stuck in a waiting room of hopelessness, the four characters played by David Westgate, Ronja Ritter, Gemma Ortega and Felix Ryder hint at the origin of their lack while they wait for someone to fix them, until then ‘a blue something’ will have to keep them going. The characters’ blue somethings are never explicitly defined or explained though clues are planted. It’s different for each person and get us thinking as an audience what are own blue somethings are. Chris [David Westgate] suggests “all outsiders deserve something blue” - potentially a symbol for escapism; a form of numbing treatment or the hope of a new start or a new someone.
Felix Ryder offers up Hervey, a character trapped in deep thought who struggles through an iden- tity crisis. Ronja Ritter sensitively serves us Lucy, a woman bound by hope that a baby will fix her. Gemma Ortega effervesces in the role of Mandy, a recovering and struggling addict who is part- nered with Chris, played by David Westgate, a struggling actor and writer who eventually finds career success in his autobiographical one man play.
This play is not one to offer you answers but instead to lead you to ask questions. It’s a musing on the confusion and pain of trying to find contentment and failing and growing and failing some more and attempting to untie yourself from your past and failing and changing and learning. It is a poetic, elegant play that gives you plenty of space for interpretation and reflection.
Catch it from the comfort of your home via Live Stream from The Space 30th March-1st April
Tix at: https://space.org.uk/event/a-blue-something-livestream/