Shakira, 16

When we first got properly inside the Young Vic, I was kind of surprised because I thought the stage would be ‘boom’ in front of us, but it was actually ‘in the round’. I was sat right in front of the speakers which played the music, and one of the first things I heard when the lights went down were ‘nature sounds’ which freaked me out a little because I hate going outside. The start of the performance startled me because two of the main characters were so close to us. It started with really high energy, which did wake me up. I was invigorated. Throughout, there were pieces of both overt and covert comedy, such as when the maid said, ‘Hail Mary, full of ghosts,’ rather than ‘Hail Mary, full of grace.’

 

There were three different acts, and as the play went on, the theme got darker and darker, but also it started to refer back to previous parts of the play. In a way, they were  very self-aware. Each act ended on some type of cliff-hanger. The one that I remember the clearest was at the end of Act two, where Jekesai had just made the murder look like a robbery and then she screamed for Chilford. There was a loud noise, then it went to a blackout. The reason I remember this part so specifically was because I got the feeling you get when you’re at the very top of a rollercoaster and it slowly careens over the edge. Also, all of the actors in the play were so talented that it wasn’t until the end that it dawned on me that there were only 6 or 7 of them. They all had such a large stage presence that it felt like you were actually watching a real person’s life play out.

 

Finally, the ending. The end of the play really got me, I’m not going to lie. When Jekesai was talking about how she had killed and then Chilford told her to go and get changed, I was really on edge. Top notch suspension. Then, when Jekesai stood in the threshold in her traditional clothing, she looked so powerful that I was awestruck. The last part that really got me was when they were on their knees singing and looking up at where the cross had previously been. It made me think that although they were so dedicated, God wasn’t there for them when they needed him most, or that God actually favoured the white man. When Chilford was singing, he turned his head to face the side of the stage I was sat on, I saw a fat tear fall down his face and land on the stage. After that, I had a whole lump in my throat because that was really powerful.

“ I was really on edge. Top notch suspension.”

There were three different acts, and as the play went on, the theme got darker and darker, but also it started to refer back to previous parts of the play. In a way, they were  very self-aware. Each act ended on some type of cliff-hanger. The one that I remember the clearest was at the end of Act two, where Jekesai had just made the murder look like a robbery and then she screamed for Chilford. There was a loud noise, then it went to a blackout. The reason I remember this part so specifically was because I got the feeling you get when you’re at the very top of a rollercoaster and it slowly careens over the edge. Also, all of the actors in the play were so talented that it wasn’t until the end that it dawned on me that there were only 6 or 7 of them. They all had such a large stage presence that it felt like you were actually watching a real person’s life play out.

 

Finally, the ending. The end of the play really got me, I’m not going to lie. When Jekesai was talking about how she had killed and then Chilford told her to go and get changed, I was really on edge. Top notch suspension. Then, when Jekesai stood in the threshold in her traditional clothing, she looked so powerful that I was awestruck. The last part that really got me was when they were on their knees singing and looking up at where the cross had previously been. It made me think that although they were so dedicated, God wasn’t there for them when they needed him most, or that God actually favoured the white man. When Chilford was singing, he turned his head to face the side of the stage I was sat on, I saw a fat tear fall down his face and land on the stage. After that, I had a whole lump in my throat because that was really powerful.