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REVIEW: I Think We Are Alone at Stratford East

Billie Manning

Frantic Assembly's new production, which celebrates their 25th anniversary, is moving in more ways than one, showcasing the company's celebrated physical theatre style.

We are presented with a set of monologues all from characters working through trauma, bereavement, isolation and loneliness. There's a cab driver who can't fill the hole in his life left by his recently deceased wife, a lost university student, two sisters struggling to leave behind an abusive childhood and a patient battling fierce illness. The cast all inhabit their characters with a light touch, and Chizzy Akudolu as the lonely Cambridge student's mother working through a loss of her own is particularly strong, adding moments of comedy to poignant mother-son moments. 

Each story is deftly woven together through chance interactions which show how even the smallest of connections can help to heal, something which the choreography augments, its dynamism rejecting any chance of a dull moment and complementing the minimalist but fluid set. The stories verge on sentimental at points, but ultimately this is a play about the healing power of kindness and human interaction and quite honestly, the message is exactly what we need right now: come together. We are not alone.

I Think We Are Alone is at Theatre Royal Stratford East until 21 March


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