Libby, 17

Overall, I felt like POT had a very interesting and relatable plot that connected with young adults my age. The key themes included violence, aggression and gang culture, which in my eyes connect perfectly to the rising gang related violence in London today. Out of all three characters, I felt like I connected with Louisa the most as she was the only female character. I felt like I could understand her, because she gave a female perception and view on what it is like to be in a gang. Normally, you only hear about the male side of the story, so to have a female perspective was intriguing and interesting to see. I also liked how she went through so many emotions in only a small period of time: from anger to bravery to sadness. All her emotions made me understand how betrayed and angry she felt. From seeing a female point of view, I learnt that for a girl in a gang, you must hide your true emotions away and replace them with emptiness if you are going to commit the crimes that you do.

The set for POT was not anything fancy like you would normally see at the theatre; it represented a run-down flat in a council estate. By having this type of staging, I felt more connected to the play and really watched it, instead of watching it half-heartedly. I will admit that half way through the performance, I was slightly confused as Josh could not see or even hear Louisa, but then by the end that confusion I felt turned to shock when we learnt that Louisa was in a coma. This shocked me because the way the characters were acting was as if they were actually there in the moment. However, instead they were like spirits watching over the commotion that Louisa had left behind. I would hands down recommend this play because I think that it is very intriguing and sets out what life is like for those who are currently involved in gangs in society.