The New Wolsey Young Company.
New Wolsey Studio – 20th October 2016
Theatre isn’t really something that I go to that often, so I went into this performance not really knowing what to expect. I have to say, the performance by the young people was incredibly well produced. I was seriously impressed.
This is a complex story about passing the buck! So there’s a group of teenagers, and they’ve done something bad… really bad.
The story itself took a while to grasp, with so much going on during each scene. But as the show rolled on, the pace and tempo wasn’t lost and it made for a lively watch. The intensity of the performance was broken up by the quieter scenes featuring just Leah (Mollie Steward) and Phil (Sam Pote).
Throughout each of these scenes, the constant aggression in the voice of Leah towards Phil, showed how teenagers would act in situations like this. There was comedy too, with Phil constantly eating when Leah was speaking and with Danny (James Baker), who always mentioned about being a dentist and dropping comments in scenes which cleverly broke up the tension and diverted some of the attention towards himself. This in a way, with more of the cast involved, erased the sense of awkwardness of the cast while they weren’t speaking.
There was a constant desire to show authority from the characters, with the first scene, consisting of mainly John Tate (Tom Beattie) doing just that. In that scene, he showed himself to be commanding and assertive and made his role clear to the audience. He used violence towards other characters to assert his dominance and to strike fear into the other characters. As the show rolled on, John Tate’s role became less and less, with shifts of authority happening throughout the show.
The presence of violence in the show was felt, for instance, when Brian (Noah Seeley) was being loud, Cathy (Charlotte Sheehan) used violence against him to cure his silence. The constant presence of violence from Cathy was definitely felt and in troubling situations, many more of the cast used this to add a sense of realism to the show.
One thing I picked up on and was seriously impressed with, was the expressions of the characters whilst they didn’t have a line, with the expressions portraying the mood of the situation at that time. In the scene changes, dramatic music was added to add to the suspense and there were light bars which gave an eerie feel to the whole story. The lighting was well thought out and set the mood for the entire show, with it rarely changing.
For such a young group of people, they were extremely talented and their performances were seriously impressive. I must admit, I wasn’t sure if this was my thing, but I seriously enjoyed it and it’s definitely worth going to see.
[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]DNA is at New Wolsey Studio this weekend until the 22nd, for more information or to book your tickets, visit: www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/dna[/box]
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