Performance

VenueUpstairs at the Gatehouse
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
From17th November 2015
To21st November 2015
WhenTue-Sat 19:30. Sat Mat 15:00
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ISM

T1023715960
How much does it take to fill the gap that alienates us from our true selves? By what cunning and baffling means will it bring us to our knees? And will we recognise it when it comes, bearing the promise to show us the way out? Set in Maggie's 1980s, and based on a true story, Ism charts the downfall of aspirational lead singer, John Macdonald. After travelling to London from Glasgow and failing to secure a record deal with his band, John meets his ?material girl' and is consumed by the capitalism synonymous with the era. In a bid to numb his growing sense of alienation he begins the torturous journey (not just for him, but his family), into alcoholism facilitated by his surreal ?friend', the Grim Reaper! As the curtain of denial is lifted we come to realise the ?ism' is everywhere, in everyone. And so we ask... .what is ours? And, how did we get here? At times hilariously funny, this tragic play with original music from the era addresses a topic that continues to be 'brushed under the carpet'. It is time to face the 'elephant in the room'!
Author Lorna Donaldson


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Ann reid (21Nov15): Read reviews wanted to see for myself but agree lead male weak others ok. Liked writers concept let down by weak lead male.
Ann reid (21Nov15): reviews wanted to see for myself but agree lead male weak others ok. Liked writers concept let down by weak lead male.
Jack sutherland (21Nov15): Hi went last night with mates agree lead weak but others good.
jitty ruprai (21Nov15): I liked the idea about ism fits with my uni course but lead role accent was not Glaswegian and acting not great. My mate is at central and could do better. Such a shame.
Sarah davison (21Nov15): Play ok but lead character unbelievable.
James blackwell (21Nov15): Agree great idea but casting not good.
Susie smith (21Nov15): Male lead was poor. Good story concept.

Company

Company Mindplay Productions

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