Ruby, 17

My first initial response upon arriving to the cafe area before entering the performance space was that I felt relaxed and chilled due to the music being played on the speakers and the smell of coffee calmed me down. We then entered the performance space and I realised the audience consisted entirely of teens and young adults; I thought that this subtly hinted that the play was perhaps marketed wrong and thus only appealed to the younger generation of theatre-goers. Upon first glance of the set design I noticed that the set was quite simplistic and dull; this therefore did not catch my attention right away. Yet, the jagged shape of the stage did intrigue me, as it got me thinking about Josh, who has psychosis, so it could perhaps symbolise his scattered mind. I liked the use of smoke at the beginning, before the play began as it got me thinking about what it could represent.

“ Upon first glance of the set design, I noticed that the set was quite simplistic and dull; this therefore did not catch my attention right away.”

 

I thought from reading the title of the play and the synopsis beforehand that it could visually show marijuana or some sort of drug substance, linking directly to the storyline. This brings me into the storyline itself – as a young person with a fairly short attention span, I found it hard to focus on the play itself. I personally found the storyline quite boring and felt it dragged out until the climax where we found out that it was, in fact, Louisa who was in a coma after being stabbed by Josh, and that the play is actually set in a symbolic purgatory. I found the use of lighting to be fairly simplistic, but, paradoxically, it represented and suggested certain things in depth. In particular, I liked the use of the bright white light shining through the back door as it showed either the doorway to heaven or one back to life; the audience interpreted it how they wished as Louisa’s final decision was not shown. Although I enjoyed the play as it was relevant to young people today and the use of dramatic elements were interesting, it was overall not my cup of tea.