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So now to the actual review of Lucy’s play. This is going to be short because I wrote so much about Cambridge already. The play is very hard to describe. The plot is not clear as it mirrors a different play called ‘Trojan Women’. However Lucy’s role Lotte gets thrown into a refugee camp in Troy by accident, only wanting to have a holiday in Turkey or somewhere else in the Middle East. In that refugee camp many historic figures are held captive, Helen of Troy etc. Meneleus and the other males play their part as soldiers. There’s PTSD, rape, violence, death, murder and deceit.
It is definitely not a nice play. It is not a play that make you feel good and I hate that play for this. It is provocative and attacks you with the poignant actresses. There were scenes where I wanted to switch the play off, leave and never return.
I always feel theatre is very difficult, because one has to see the violent things of the world. One needs to be made aware of suffering, of sorrow and pain. But I do not be made aware of it with offensive language, with screams and uncomfortableness. I don’t know if you understand what I mean, I am not an author or a journalist. I am not an actress nor a director, so I am not sure what it was that I didn’t like.
I think the main problem was that there was no scene where you could breathe. Where you could block out the pain and misery. The beginning was still bearable as Lucy’s character was perfect in being optimistic and funny and witty but the more we got sucked into the play the less she was able to give me said moment of peace.
You feared rape, you feared violence, you feared death. And yes, that is what the play is about but somehow that was a bit too much for me.
The actresses and actors were magnificent and I loved how they brought these feelings across, because that is the art of it. It was a wonderful production, and once again I thought that 'Amateur Theatre’ does not do it justice in the slightest. But it is a hard play and if Lucy wouldn’t have been a part of it, I would’ve probably left after the interval.
Lucy has blown me away though. I only know her as happy, bubbly and singing character. I’ve seen her in musical and after musical but now I can honestly say - she is a wonderful actress and is magnificent in finding the balance between annoying, excited, naïve and panicked. She was great!
And overall the trip was worth it. A hundred percent and more. But next time I wouldn’t object something more musical-esque or funny, or happy.