Ask Me Anything
Review by Abigail Watkins
Ask Me Anything attempts to start a conversation between people of all ages about situations that may not ever be talked about without prompting, and above all of this they make sure your comfort is put first.
From the moment you enter the theatre, you are greeted with a large pile of beanbags and pillows and encouraged to make yourself comfortable, the three actors are incredibly welcoming and spend the time before the show officially starts, talking to people about a wide range of topics, allowing them to relax and feel comfortable in the space.
After the personal interactions, the show begins, with each person introducing themselves and explaining a little bit about them, with personal stories and creative ways of visualising them, from the use of Bridget, a virtual assistant who struggles with emotion, to tv screens displaying the questions and a film camera that worked on stage.
Music becomes a large part of the story, as seen in the instruments, incorporated around the set. The set itself was reimaginings of the actors teenage bedrooms, with a centre point of a white box, which we find out includes the letters.
The theme of music becomes even more apparent when Rosie, who quickly establishes that she is not an actress, tells us that she will be using her music to answer her letters. from this, there comes a lot of different types of music, to the point it almost feels like too much at some points in the show. However the songs conveyed emotion well and her musical talent is sound.
Georgia, or Georgie’s use of her personal teenage diary’s, creates a sense of vunrabilty and intacmacy within the audience, even though they don’t serve the purpose she originally wanted them too. This actress showed the build up of her emotions effectively, and allowed us to feel connected to her, leading to silence in the room as she tries to hold the project together. Her “topic” of letters was also extremely important to teenagers, and their relationships with family.
Kylie, who was tackling the topic of sex and relationships did this comically, using 90s nostalgia In order to relate to a slightly older audience, and with a small section of audience participation. This led to an enjoyable but cheesy segment, that quickly turned heart breaking when we saw a change of emotions from her, the change in the real and the fake was extremely impressive.
The most important thing about the show to me was the use of other peoples videos for the questions they felt like they could not answer, this brought home the message of how much the issues talked about effect people in real life.
Although I wouldn’t go rushing back to see this show and I feel like they were trying too hard to relate to too many different types of audience members, the message of the show was extremely important.