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“Energetic electronica-filled gig theatre”

This really is gig theatre. Supported by the Watermill Theatre and Theatr Clwyd, Wildcard – the company behind Erica Murray’s brilliant black comedy The Cat’s Mother – has also brought up a new show that’s thoroughly rooted in live music: loud, liberating, danceable electronica.

James Meteyard’s Electrolyte follows Jessie, a Yorkshire girl who’s grown tired of snorting coke and dancing the night away on the streets of Leeds, on a pulsating, panicked journey south. She’s apparently searching for her mother and for a world that’s less resigned, but as Meteyard’s richly poetic story unfolds, it becomes clear that Jessie isn’t a reliable narrator. At all.

Donnacadh O’Briain’s exuberant production plays out on a stage littered with instruments and the cast sit around playing guitars, keyboards, drums and synthesisers. They perform the play – and Maimuna Memon’s throbbing score – with a likeable, knockabout glee, ad libbing friendly insults at each other throughout.

Olivia Sweeney supplies a riveting, reeling central performance as Jessie.

There’s a structural looseness to Meteyard’s writing that prevents the show’s climax from being as impactful as it might be, but it still packs a pretty hard punch, brutally and beautifully exploring the psychological trauma of grief.

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Production Details
Production nameElectrolyte
VenuePleasance Dome
StartsAugust 1, 2018
EndsAugust 27, 2018
Running time1hr 10mins
AuthorJames Meteyard
ComposerMaimuna Memon
LyricistMaimuna Memon
DirectorDonnacadh O'Briain
Costume designerHannah Hodge
Lighting designerTimothy Kelly
CastBen Simon, Chris Georgiou, James Meteyard, Maimuna Memon, Megan Ashley, Olivia Sweeney
ProducerJoseph Dawson
VerdictAn energetic electronica-fuelled gig-theatre piece exploring the emotional damage that grief can cause
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