Rebecca Hanbury & Alex Groves
Reality Rating: 5/5
Fidget Factor: 0.2
Pop, Scratch, Crackle – Memories Ignite
In just a single hour, two young ladies show us the worlds of fifty women. Uncovering stories of civil war, terminal illness and pyromaniacs. Sounds heavy? Born Mad theatre company compile these events with blissful moments of love and happiness to convey the whole picture of sisterly bonds.
Writer, Rebecca Hanbury, has created the script through real life stories from nearly fifty women and girls across the UK. Exploring what bonds families, or tears them apart. Teasing one another to eat cat food, playing hairdressers in the bath and meeting her first boyfriend in his auto mobile, a pedal bike. Joy filled stories cause laughter and delight. The traumatic tales are told with such intensity and sensitivity they compel the audience to feel fear and heartbreak. Crumbling houses, fires burning and unforgivable secrets. Those in the audience who have sisters will hold their own versions of the memories being shared. One woman’s relationship in particular overwhelmed the audience, with nearly the entire auditorium in tears. Karen’s story; suffering from terminal cancer she makes it her last mission to attend her sisters wedding. Daisy Brown tells this story with emotional sensitivity and tenderness.
Born Mad’s production of SISTER was not at all what I expected. Curiosity sparked when entering the space – a table laid out with several trays, each with obscure props on display; tea pots, books, baked beans and a colander were amongst the mix. A collection of microphones are scattered across the stage. Before the production begins, I suspect an experimental piece of theatre is in store. What unravels is a breathtaking production, full of layered imagination. Pop, scratch, swomp and crackle, all the sounds during the show are created organically; sieving rice to make rain, pouring jugs of water and giggling into microphones for bathroom scenes and lighting matches to make flames. Igniting our senses, these audio additions to the story telling give the memories powerful aesthetics. Kudos to the sound technician who keeps up with all of the effects during the show.
Daisy Brown and Nia Coleman make a beautiful collaboration of actors, performing with enriched emotion, delicate enthusiasm and at times in perfect unison, even their voices in sync.Brown and Coleman capture the essence of a dozen personalities, each with their own mannerisms and idiosyncrasies. They display a multiple array of accents, Irish, Algerian, East End, and more, a skill which goes unrecognised for a while due to the stories consuming our full attention. Above their sublime acting ability, it is their heavenly choir voices which vibrate through our skin and bring a new understanding of sanctity – the perfect tool to show how a bond with a sister really feels.
Extremely moving, Sister is a sensational production in every meaning of the word; taking over our senses, making other peoples lives personal to the audience. Without question, this is one of the best formed productions Scatter has seen this year – every element of the production explored and devised with care and attention. It would be a tragedy if this production doesn’t transfer for a longer period to another venue soon.
Click for Tix: @OvalHouse
▦ Photos – Courtesy of Ludovic Des
Time: A single hour
Running: 6 SEP 16 – 10 SEP 16
♥ Thank you to Tilly Wilson @ChloeNelkin for the invite