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What Once Was Ours
A Zest Production & Half Moon Theatre
Egg Theatre Bath

 

There is so much to enjoy in this excellent immersive new show about identity and belonging. From the foam block flexible staging to the interaction of the actors the show rallies through racism, bigotry and the trials facing anyone who feels that do not belong, for whatever reason.

Using the direct words and opinions of young people today, WHAT ONCE WAS OURS is a powerful and striking exploration of how politics and national values impact on the complex lives of one family. Katie and Callum couldn’t be any more distant and disconnected: different heritage, different cities, and different opportunities, except there is one thing they’ll always have in common: Dad

Jaz Hutchins (Callum) and Pippa Beckwith (Katie) are clearly at home with the intimacy of the audience ensuring a direct approach which is non confrontational but ensures the messages are clear. Directed by Toby Ealden the pace is fast and the time flies by.

This is a valuable and committed piece of work aimed at the post brexit generation and the results are impressive. There was a great deal of discussion after the piece which no doubt will have been taken into homes and schools as a result.

The use of interview sound bites and the cacophony of voices ensure that many different opinions abound, thoughts are processed yet essentially no judgements are made, leaving the mainly teenage audience able to consider and challenge their own thoughts and feelings.

Well worth watching, this is small scale but is a very powerful voice for those growing up in an uncertain world.

 

 

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Petra Schofield