Gutted by Rikki Beadle-Blair [Photograph © Jane Hobson] with Dominique Moore and Gavin Mccluskey
Just before being seated to view the play, a gentleman who works at the theatre told me that it was probably best to get an alcoholic drink before seeing the show. I wish to repeat his advice to you.
A mirrored stage ensures that you don’t miss a thing, you can’t look away, Rikki Beadle-Blair’s words have you and they won’t let you go.
The new play ‘Gutted’ was written and directed by award winning director Rikki Beadle-Blair and in the play we see the affect that the abuse suffered at the hands of their father has on the four Prospect brothers from a south-east London council estate as they grow older, trying to live their own lives and find love, each on their own way. The play also explores the theme of how the abused can later in life, become the abuser.
The four brothers, although all white never like to admit as such, instead defining themselves as Irish, with one being described as a ‘black lesbian woman’. The language of the play is harsh, yet honest. Not shying away with how the characters would actually talk.
There is very minimal stage dressing during the play and it can jump through points in time effortlessly, allowing us glimpses into the brother’s troubled past. There are three monitors on the back of the stage that allow us to see where we are although I can assure you that your eyes will be fixed on the fantastic acting by all on stage.
One moment you’re laughing and the very next you find yourself silent, transfixed, enthralled with the actors on stage and the emotion that they are throwing out towards you
The performances are intense and at times actually sent chills through my body. Moments of levity are pretty much side by side with the more sober moments of the play. One moment you’re laughing and the very next you find yourself silent, transfixed, enthralled with the actors on stage and the emotion that they are throwing out towards you. A mirrored stage ensures that you don’t miss a thing, you can’t look away, Rikki Beadle-Blair’s words have you and they won’t let you go.
Info: Gutted is at Theatre Royal Stratford East until 25 May 2013
Rikki Beadle-Blair interview – Shalom Baby