Al-Houssen, 16

The never-ending feeling of confusion is still haunting me. What’s happening? Why is there a blackout? What is she saying? What’s that sound? These were all questions whizzing in my mind whilst I sat watching the Berberian Sound Studio production. A show that left me with feelings of discomfort and confusion like I had just entered a conference where they had spoken a foreign language. Speaking about languages, the play was bombarded with so much Italian. The frustration of not understanding anything, had never happened to me before. I have always watched a play in English but weirdly I was still engaged with the play. I was also intrigued with the fact that in the pre-show workshop we discussed the theme of self-mutilation. As a male you feel like that you have to suppress your emotions out of fear but Gilderoy shows the damaging consequences and what not to do. This related to me as at times I feel like I shouldn’t show that I am scared. Gilderoy shows this by his transition from being implicit to complicit which causes him to pull out his whole thumbnail and nearly cutting off his tongue. But I was then conflicted because Silvia mentions that silence is actually the new form of fear, which could mean that those who see things that aren’t right but don’t say anything may actually be scared. This made me ask myself if I had been scared before. There were many themes that made me ask myself questions and think about my character which made the play an effective psychological thriller that I would recommend.