Frantic Assembly are the UK’s leading physical theatre company, their productions are renowned for being revolutionary and breaking the mold. Their latest production ‘I Think We Are Alone’, written by Sally Abbott, plus co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham is currently playing Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre.
‘I Think We Are Alone’ is a bittersweet and funny take on our ache to connect with those voices we need to hear again, those arms we need to feel around us and those faces we need to see again. It is about letting go and holding on to what we love the most.
Chizzy Akudolu’s naturalism within this play radiates humour and raw emotion. Chizzy’s portrayal of Josie is one which seems the most appealing to the audience as the development and journey of this character’s struggles is portrayed so beautifully on stage.
Charlotte Bate presents us a real broken character as Ange. A nurse who helps people every day, but seems to be drowning in her own personal issues to help herself. The powerful emotional desperation portrayed on stage by Charlotte makes this character’s battle so real and believable for the audience. Polly Frame as Clare not only does an amazing job in managing to show this character’s emotional journey but also brings a energetic and at points haunting physical performance to this character. The audience seems to understand Clare the most due to how accessible Polly makes this flawed woman.
Caleb Roberts as Manny gives us humour and desperation in a very realistic portrayal of a young man caught between family and his future. Simone Saunders as Bex hits the audience hard with her heart-breaking portrayal of a young woman running out of time.
Andrew Turner as Graham portrayed a relatable character to the audience, one of familiarity and Andrew did well to make this character connect to the audience. The physical moments with this character were also interesting.
Sally Abbott’s play is a funny and emotional scope on human relationships and life, which is filled with rich dialogue and realistic characters. With Kathy Burke and Scott Graham’s direction, this production transitions seamlessly through scenes and connects effortlessly with the audience. The only issue is, this play does not fit Frantic’s style, physical theatre is not something which is needed to make this play work, and it is something in which this play is lacking. As apart from movement to transition Morgan Large’s gorgeous minimalistic stage design, in front of Ella Wahlstrom’s colourful backlighting, there is hardly any physical theatre within this play. And that is because this play seems to be more suited as a kitchen sink drama rather than a physical theatre performance.
That being said, ‘I Think We Are Alone’ is a great production which features superbly naturalistic performances with a script which really punches with emotion and humour. The physical theatre that this performance does feature is stunning and energizes this thoughtful production.
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Written by Lewis C. Baird