In My Head
@ Proud Archivist
Reality Rating: 1/5
Fidget Factor: 0.8
In My Head, Out Of Mind
I was eager to see a production which exposed the depths of mental health, showing an insight into real lives – In My Head, wasn’t it. I originally thought the dragging opening scene may have been a clever device to make the audience feel the same frustration as the characters, alas no – just a delay in starting the show. Dashing all hopes, Mayo’s script flicks between mental health conditions quicker than Dad with the remote; a pic-n-mix of issues makes several serious matters trivial. Fast Forward scenes gave little chance to create dislike or affinity for the characters, let alone comprehend the relationships they’re in.
Over looking the hideous slow motion trance scenes, and the cringe worthy song ending, there was a glimmer of hope from Elin Doyle’s performance, but not enough to lift this production from its 1 Star pit.
Usually I try to discount backstage blunders during a performance, forgiving a stage hand or two for peeping from the wings, but the calamity going on behind and around us was extremely distracting. Proud Archivist as a performance space didn’t help, the non sound proof space meant serious moments were accompanied by chinking of glasses, a hum of voices and often an outburst of laughter from the bar.
The audience were left unoccupied, peeling labels from beer bottles, unhitching threads from their scarfs and several joined the not so inconspicuous yawnathon which spread like a mexican wave during each scene. Remember the Scatter rule, make your own opinions – if you do decide to go, take a blanket or three; the space is freezing!
Time: A long 1 hour 15 minutes – no interval, no escape.
Running: 9 Nov 15 ► 14 Nov 15