This show wants to make a change to the way money affords opportunity. The audience are loaded with information in this fast paced show, such as the fact that poverty results in 14 points lower IQ, and presenting the difference between equality and equity as a closing statement. Alongside these facts we also get an insight into the real life effects, such as the way that the protagonist Niamh is unable to afford swim club with her friends.
We are invited into the world of this young woman trying to find her way in the world. We also encounter Niamh’s family and friends and others in her neighbourhood; her father with his firm beliefs in the importance of education and the pressure this brought to the less bright younger sibling, her mother competing at gardening with the prostitute living next door, her school friends who she can’t help comparing herself to, and horrid boys.
Very funny moments are beautifully counterbalanced with the tragic. Kat Woods’ script has moments of pure brilliance as she delivers Niamh’s story of growing up in the benefits system in 1970s Ireland. Tackling issues of class hierarchy, stating that “none of us are born equal”, and exploring the day to day life of getting by hand to mouth. From the perspective of Niamh we bear witness to a very real struggle.
Simple staging is used to great effect with only a wooden box and a microphone on a stand for props. Aoife Lennon performs solo and displays incredible energy, maintaining fast pace throughout, and really bringing to life the many characters in the story.
This show is funny and educational and well worth a watch.
Venue 302 Underbelly, Bristo Square – Jersey
18:25 (1 hour) Aug 23-27
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