REVIEW: DEFINITELY LOUISE ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Theatre

DEFINITELY LOUISE

Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre 3:15pm

Until 25th August (Not 12th)

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 stars)

Every now and then a piece of theatre comes along that leaves you guessing and questioning from start to finish, this is one of those performances. This artistic debut is written and performed by the incredible Bethany Heath. Set in the comfort of the main characters “flat” we are taken on a deep adventure of a young woman’s life through her engaging and thought-provoking monologue. This is essentially a one-woman play, except for a few minor characters adding some further depth to the story.

The show is truly a reflection into mental health and the way young women deal with the multitude of issues that face them. I don’t think anyone can watch this performance and not relate to Bethany’s character. The character delves into a multitude of issues from social media, suicide and the generational crisis we face daily.

It’s not a show that left me feeling bleak, there’s a small lining of hope and prospect that runs throughout it. However, that didn’t stop me leaving with a tear in my eye and almost reminiscent about the life I led. That is surely what good theatre is, an opportunity to hold a mirror to the audience and force them to reflect. This show has done everything it was supposed to do. It’s powerful, emotional and dramatic and a fantastic piece of new writing.

Without giving away to much, I must give a spotlight to one incredible scene, where Bethany portrays a woman in the minute before suicide. The scene had the entire audience on the edge of our seats and mouth open as we were hesitant about what was going to happen next. There is a moment of silence that hangs just long enough to make a knot in your stomach, its tense and dramatic. Her ability to hold an audience like that is one of wonder.

Taylor Crockett

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