Writer: Mark Jeary
Director: Paul Brotherston
Reviewer: Rachel Watson
Blackout is stunning in its simplicity – it does not require any flashy, fancy stage production, just simply five actors on stage with a microphone- the story is more than enough.
The hard-hitting play is scripted entirely from interviews with recovering alcoholics (including the writer Mark Jeary), so gives an honest, brutal look into a truth that a lot of people know almost nothing about.
It is easy to like these endearing characters as they tell their stories, no matter how gut-wrenching they are. They never fail to shock, whether they are heart-breaking or darkly comical. The switches between the two are faultless and truly representative of real life.
All five actors are fantastic, perfectly capturing the characters whole life struggles, moving from the light-hearted quips about their first ever drink to the various rock bottoms they’ve all faced. Mark Jeary’s script is not afraid to give an accurate portrayal of every aspect of the characters’ personalities.
The play is realistic; these characters know that despite the fact that they have been sober for a while, they cannot take this for granted, and know that this is something that will hang over their head for the rest of their life. Jeary doesn’tgloss over that fact.
The Changing House in the Tron Theatre is the perfect place to highlight this gut-wrenching look into addiction, with less than 50 people watching the actors, this made the performance feel like a conversation like we were listening in on one of their private meetings, making it all the more touching.
Runs until Saturday 23 April 2016 | Image: Mihaela Bodlovik