Doubting Thomas

4
The inspirational true story of Thomas McCrudden
By Edfringe16 - 14th Aug 2016

Doubting ThomasRaw, faltering, stilted and lacking in theatrical smoothness this is a supremely powerful story. The story of a violent (extremely violent) man who managed to change, managed to turn his life around and become someone capable of helping others and of taking responsibility for his past actions. As far as I could tell, most, if not all, the performers were actually reformed prisoners.

If you require your theatre to be polished, this is not for you. If you don't like theatre to move you, this is not for you. In fact this is not for the feint hearted, Thomas tells his own story and while he has a deeply impressive stage presence he has not learned much of the actors craft of faking violence - the slaps are real, the staged violence seems a lot less staged than it should be and when he says that those who watch violence are partaking in violence you feel he is talking directly to you.

At the end, we applauded the performers, the performers applauded the audience, there was an huge release of emotion and we all felt we'd shared something - Thomas cried. We saw him later outside and I felt I had to go and thank him for the honesty, and bravery, of his performance. He admitted he cried each time but always woke the next day feeling refreshed and reborn. At the end of the play he asks that we slow down, take the time to look, not to see his outside but to see the change, which is inside, to look into his eyes and see that change. I did and if even half what he confessed was true then the change has been profound. If nothing else, the production will make me look a little differently at people I have always classed as the "them" to my "us".

I can't say you'd "enjoy" this - but Thomas and his colleagues deserve your attention. As he says, if we don't shine a light on people like him when they are young then they will follow others on dark paths ...

Theatre is a powerful drug, and I think, in Thomas, it may have claimed a new addict.


Latest News & Reviews

26th Feb 24 :: Offies Winners 2024
WInners of the Offies 2024 awards have been announced.
15th Feb 24 :: Review: The Drifters Girl
Touring production seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
4
12th Feb 24 :: Review: Whatsonstage Awards Winners
The winners of the Whatsonstage Awards announced.
0
6th Feb 24 :: Review: Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
Selected dates until 26 February at the Coach and Horses, 29 Greek Street, London W1D 5DH
4
5th Feb 24 :: Review: Macbeth
David Tennant and Cush Jumbo at the Donmar Warehouse
4
20th Jan 24 :: Review: Disney's Aladdin
Touring production seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
4
19th Jan 24 :: Review: Alegria - Cirque du Soleil
The latest production seen at the Royal Albert Hall
3
20th Dec 23 :: Review: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Pantomime seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth
4
18th Dec 23 :: Review: Sleeping Beauty
Panto at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing.
4
13th Dec 23 :: Review: A Christmas Carol
Guy Masterson's one-man production seen in Boscastle
5
7th Dec 23 :: Review: Oliver Twist
Seen at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol.
5
29th Nov 23 :: Review: 2:22 A Ghost Story
The 2023 tour seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth
5
15th Nov 23 :: Review: Radio GaGa
Seen at the Adelphi Theatre, London.
3
13th Oct 23 :: Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet - Black Sabbath
Touring production seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
5
6th Oct 23 :: Review: Sunset Boulevard
Seen at the Savoy Theatre
3
1st Oct 23 :: Review: Trompe L'Oeil
Seen at The Other Palace Studio
2
29th Sep 23 :: Review: A Little Life
Encore broadcast of the West End production at the Savoy
5
28th Sep 23 :: Review: Frank and Percy
Ian McKellen and Roger Allam seen in London
3
28th Sep 23 :: Review: Vanya
Andrew Scott's one man interpretation of Uncle Vanya
5
27th Sep 23 :: Review: Ailey 2
Touring production seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
5

Most Popular Stories

13th Oct 23 :: Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet - Black Sabbath
Touring production seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
15th Feb 24 :: Review: The Drifters Girl
Touring production seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
26th Feb 24 :: Offies Winners 2024
WInners of the Offies 2024 awards have been announced.
13th Dec 23 :: Review: A Christmas Carol
Guy Masterson's one-man production seen in Boscastle
6th Feb 24 :: Review: Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
Selected dates until 26 February at the Coach and Horses, 29 Greek Street, London W1D 5DH
12th Feb 24 :: Review: Whatsonstage Awards Winners
The winners of the Whatsonstage Awards announced.
18th Dec 23 :: Review: Sleeping Beauty
Panto at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing.
5th Feb 24 :: Review: Macbeth
David Tennant and Cush Jumbo at the Donmar Warehouse
29th Nov 23 :: Review: 2:22 A Ghost Story
The 2023 tour seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth
7th Dec 23 :: Review: Oliver Twist
Seen at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol.

Listings powered by Dynamic Listing Ltd
Mastodon Multidomain certificate installed
© Dynamic Listing Ltd, UK. 1995-2024