Writer: Kathryn Beaumont
Director: Alex Swift
Reviewer: Beverley Haigh
In her first venture as a solo writer and performer, Kathryn Beaumont succeeds in telling a story we are all familiar with and have heard countless times before in I Told You This Would Happen but finds a new and innovative way of telling it. ‘Less Rom Com, and more Rom-Con’ the hour long monologue sees Beaumont dissect the relationship of ‘Girl meets Boy’ through a 1940s film noir style set, playing the part of a Private Investigator unravelling the story through evidence.
The piece is well construed and convincingly executed, Beaumont an accomplished storyteller. The audience are led to believe at least elements of her story must be autobiographical, so convincing is her portrayal of betrayed Girl falling in love. The narrative is interspersed with wit and punctuated with deliberately bad jokes: funny at times, heartfelt and desperate at others but the real strength of the piece is the immensely talented Beaumont herself and her faultless delivery.
The evidence comes in the form of props and are used well (despite the technical difficulties the theatre were experiencing during this performance): post-it notes, rose petals, Zoo magazines and the ‘endless tealights’ that appear on every surface in an attempt to create the perfect relationship, presented as exhibits and reiterating the Boy documenting his relationships in tastless Excel Spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. However, despite these ‘findings’ Beaumont concludes there is no case to address, ultimately there are no answers – the investigation is pointless.
The show is billed as ‘taking your blindfold off’ and we are warned of the uncomfortable and difficult subject matter, hinting that there may be shock elements within the piece. Instead, although Beaumont addresses and challenges the theme of misogyny within relationships, the story itself is fairly unexceptional and mundane. Maybe therin lies Kathryn Beaumont’s answer and proof that this has indeed become an accepted theme within our society: we are desensitized to such a notion and unshockable. Therefore, this story WILL continue to repeat itself.
Touring until: 25th June 2015