Reviewer: David Doyle
We all lie. Every day we utter a lie. Those can be big or small but they are ever-present in our lives. In All the Things I Lied About, Katie Bonna examines her own relationship with lying and in the form of a TED talk that nobody asked her to give, she explores the devastating impact lies have had on her life. At times amusing, at times heart wrenching, Bonna’s look at fibbing is an intriguing meditation on the human condition.
The TED talk nature of the show is a clever framework which allows Bonna to look at lies in an initially lighthearted manner before spanning the depths of her father’s affair and the impact it had on her family. The format allows for a conversational tone to the piece that creates an intimate bond with the audience, setting up conditions that make the revelations during Bonna’s piece all the more impactful. Incredibly well considered writing combines with an effortless performance to create a profound piece of theatre.
The show explores some important issues including abuse in relationships and just what constitutes abuse. Throughout Bonna gives an intimate portrait of her own life and her exploration of that is a fascinating and honest look at life that makes an audience consider their own experiences and how their lies impact those around them.
A cleverly constructed piece of theatre that offers some devastating insights into family life, Bonna has managed to craft a show that has a profound impact on those who watch it while never feeling maudlin. Thoroughly entertaining throughout, while also managing to impart a strong message, the show is a rare treat.
Runs until 28August 2016(not 23)