Any Which Way at the Only Connect Theatre

Published: Sunday, November 9, 2008 | Review by: Amica Anselm |
Any Which Way at the Only Connect Theatre Any Which Way at the Only Connect Theatre
Photo credit - Catherine Ashmore

Written by David Watson

Any Which Way is a play about knife crime and it affects on two black families, one from the Caribbean, the other from Africa. This play is based on incidences which have happened during the 21st century. It is a timely and powerful new, commissioned by the charity Only Connect. The play is written by David Watson, based on the true stories of ex-offenders, and performed by cast of ex-offenders and professional actors. As the audience enters a dark hall they are confronted by distant sounds.

There are no seats; so they’re left to wonder around the room capturing the action, and at times there is obstruction due to the lack of a centre stage. The scene changes include back drop changes, via the head projector which also shows flashbacks of the previous scene. The cast is an array of black actors who play characters; which accentuate different accents ranging from Caribbean, African to young British slang.

Setup as a promenade the actors sprout out from various corners of the hall, creating an ongoing element of surprise within the play. The scenes are action packed with debates that get the audience thinking or gasping and stepping back. Actors consist mainly of young black men who speak to the audience. All actors and actresses express a convincing depiction into the experiences of knife crime. When the scene changes the back drop changes, via the head projector which also shows flash backs of the previous scene, all of this combined made the play work and the script seem stronger. I recommend this play to people of all ages. Parental consent is necessary due to profanities included.

Any Which Way is showing until 29th November at the Only Connect Theatre, 32 Cubitt Street, London

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